First, let us review. Reflect on the January earthquake that left Haiti a disaster zone. Obama promised Haiti that “You will not be forsaken.” Obama promised “unwavering support.” Obama promised an “all-out relief effort.”
For the record, I promised that Obama would be a total failure. I also promised that the media – which is so completely in the tank for Obama that we have to go back to Tass and the USSR to find a parallel – would give Obama a pass on his failure.
Who was right? I was, of course.
July 12, 2010 Monday
NEWS; Pg. 1A
In Haiti, ‘we’re headed for a catastrophe’;
Six months after quake, many barriers to recovery
Ingrid Arnesen and Marisol Bello
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Six months after a devastating earthquake flattened Haiti’s capital city, little has changed for Ernst Leo and his 7-year-old daughter, Therissa.
Every night, they crawl into a cramped tent barely big enough to hold a mattress and their few belongings.
For six months, they have lived on the street in a once-thriving middle-class neighborhood. Every day, they hustle for basic necessities. Their bathroom is in the home of a neighbor whose house is still standing, their evening light comes from Leo’s cellphone and their meals from other families who live in nearby tents.
Leo, 33, a computer technician, wonders how much longer they have to live this way or where else they can go.
His wife of 12 years and older daughter died in the earthquake. His house, like most buildings that collapsed, remains a heap of concrete and debris.
“Since January 12th, I’ve never received any aid,” Leo says in French. “Ever since this dramatic event, it’s like life has no meaning anymore. Nothing has changed in six months.”
Six months to the day since a magnitude-7.0 earthquake leveled 60% of the city’s buildings and killed 230,000 people, there are few visible signs of improvement.
Buildings destroyed by the earthquake lie where they collapsed. The presidential palace, which became a worldwide symbol of the devastation, remains a gleaming heap of concrete.
One of the biggest challenges is helping the estimated 1.5 million people who were left homeless. More than 1,300 makeshift camps sprang up after the earthquake. Food and housing are scarce and expensive, even for the few, like Leo, still working.
“It’s an emergency response still,” says Mary Kate MacIsaac, a spokeswoman in Haiti for the Christian relief group World Vision. “We are still meeting the basic needs of people in these camps … but it’s not sustainable. We need to transition into the recovery or the long-term goal.”
Frustration is high among Haitians and aid groups who say they see halting and haphazard progress toward recovery.
And all of those 1300 camps should be given names relating to Obama as Failure-in-Chief. Camp Hopey. Camp Changey. Camp Hussein. Camp Gitmo. And so on.
Barack Obama is an empty suit. The only things he can do is attend a racist, Marxist, anti-American church for twenty years and read off a teleprompter screen. Other than that, he is a completely useless fool.
Obama was a failure in Haiti from the very start.
Allow me to reproduce much of my January article in order to once again expose Barack Obama and the mainstream media:
Bush Katrina Economy Obama Haiti Economy
By Michael Eden
Yesterday on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos substitute host Jake Tapper interviewed Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Bush could not have been more gracious in praising Obama’s relief efforts.
In other words, he didn’t try to do to Obama what Obama and the Democrats so viciously did to him.
And I couldn’t help but wonder: if Democrats believed their own crap about Bush and Katrina, why on earth would they be asking George Bush to lead an effort for Haitian relief now?
It has now been six days since the earthquake that destroyed Haiti. Obama promised an unprecedented massive effort to provide emergency relief.
Has it been organized well?WASHINGTON — The U.S. relief effort after the Haiti earthquake started too slowly and cautiously, says a retired general who led the military relief effort on the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
“The next morning after the earthquake, as a military man of 37 years service, I assumed … there would be airplanes delivering aid, not troops, but aid,” said retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who coordinated military operations after disaster struck the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005. “What we saw instead was discussion about, ‘Well we’ve got to send an assessment team in to see what the needs are.’ And anytime I hear that, my head turns red.”
The problem, Honore told USA TODAY, is that the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, instead of the military, take the lead in international disaster response.
“I was a little frustrated to hear that USAID was the lead agency,” he said. “I respect them, but they’re not a rapid deployment unit.”
USAID immediately dispatched an assessment team and search-and-rescue teams, but there has still not been widespread distribution of food or water, three days after the Haiti earthquake.
Let’s file that as a ‘no’.
Very little in the way of actual lifesaving supplies had gone out as of the time of that article. Has that situation improved?
Yesterday, ABC’s Tapper pointed out:
“But it’s five days later, and still a lot of the relief effort, a lot of the aid has not gotten to the people who need it most.”
An exchange between Tapper and Raddatz:
So how about it, Martha? Is the relief effort getting to those who need it most?
RADDATZ: Well, we actually went with a convoy, one truckload of supplies yesterday. We arrived really early in the morning, expecting to track this truck, come back, and go out with another truck. It took us five-and-a-half hours to get these supplies where they were needed.
General Keen, the military commander, said that 70,000 bottles of water and 130,000 food rations had been handed out Saturday – four days after the disaster! 70,000 bottles of water for 3.5 MILLION people in need. They needed 10 million bottles of water a day.
Let’s file that as another big ‘no.’
How many days did Bush get before Democrats hatefully and viciously attacked him?
Well, are they at least providing security for the relief supplies yet to come?
Another exchange during the ABC program between Jake Tapper and Martha Raddatz:
TAPPER: Speaking of chaos, Martha, we keep hearing about reports of sporadic violence. Where is the U.S. military in all this? Are they making attempts to secure the island?
RADDATZ: Absolutely not, Jake. They really aren’t. I keep hearing these numbers. There are about 4,200 American military supporting this mission, but mostly they’re out on the ships. They’re on the cutters. You’ve got the 82nd Airborne, not all of the 82nd Airborne, a brigade, about 3,500 soldiers are here. They’re expected to be here sometime next week. The Marines are not yet here, 2,200 Marines.
Jake Tapper pointed out to the US military commander for the region, General Keen, that:
General Keen, I’d like to go to you first. Martha Raddatz just reported that U.S. troops are not out there securing Haiti, even though there are sporadic outbursts of violence, some of them horrific. We heard a report of — in Petionville, a suburb of Port- au-Prince, a policeman handed over a suspected looter to an angry crowd. They stripped him, beat him, and set him on fire. We’ve also heard that some medical personnel are clearing the area because they don’t feel secure.
Sounds like another rather big ‘no’ vote.
I think I’ve amply proven the case that a week after the Haiti disaster a great deal separates what has been done from what could have been done. I can’t help but remember how bitterly the left attacked Bush for the same failures following an unprecedented natural disaster.
This is what liberals would be saying about Barack Obama if they weren’t hypocrites: Barack Obama hates black people!!! Barack Obama is creating a genocide of black people!!!
Because that’s how loathsome Democrats rolled just a few years back. And yes, that’s right: the same Democrats who regard any criticism of Barack Obama as a form of blasphemy.
I was pointing that out last year during the Democrat National Convention when Democrats were STILL demonizing and demagoguing Bush for Hurricane Katrina.
The left ignored the fact that Hurricane Katrina was a supermassive disaster that simply overwhelmed the resources of the federal government regardless of who was in charge of it. They ignored the fact that Bill Clinton hadn’t prepared New Orleans for such a disaster any better than George Bush did. They ignored the fact that the heavily Democratic city of New Orleans and state of Louisiana had utterly failed to prepare, when such preparation should have been at the very core of their agenda. They ignored details such as this:
The vultures of the venomous left are attacking on two fronts, first that the president didn’t do what the incompetent mayor of New Orleans and the pouty governor of Louisiana should have done, and didn’t, in the early hours after Katrina loosed the deluge on the city that care and good judgment forgot. Ray Nagin, the mayor, ordered a “mandatory” evacuation a day late, but kept the city’s 2,000 school buses parked and locked in neat rows when there was still time to take the refugees to higher ground. The bright-yellow buses sit ruined now in four feet of dirty water.
They ignored everything but their ideological agenda and the political axe-to-grind they had in their hands to swing at George Bush with.
And the propagandistic mainstream media helped them do it.
The same media that basically demanded that George Bush push a button and FIX New Orleans have gone out of their way to make excuses for the numerous failures in Haiti under Obama.
Obama made all sorts of grandiose promises to help devastated Haiti. But it is an obvious, glaring FACT that he never bothered to even try to live up to them. As in so many other occasions, Obama took advantage of the media spotlight to garner attention for himself, and then walked away.
And a media that is more like the party-propaganda machine controlled by Joseph Goebbels than it is the independent watchdog envisioned by the founding fathers has let him do it.
Because they are as dishonest as he is.
It’s an amazing picture today. The NAACP – nakedly revealing itself as an ideological tool for the left – comes out and demagogues the Tea Party for racism, referring to poster signs that don’t exist, statements that have never been made, and events that never happened, as “proof.” The NAACP cites the racial epithets that were supposedly hurled at black congressmen by Tea Party members, and an alleged spitting incident involving Rep. Emanuel Cleaver. It doesn’t matter that even Cleaver went out of his way to distance himself from any claim that he was spat upon. Nor does it matter that, with literally thousands of recording devices, no one has ever produced any evidence that racial epithets were used at that event. Or that cameras that clearly were in position to capture the claimed racial epithets proved that nothing racial was actually said. The charge itself becomes the only “proof.” Which is profoundly anti-American. Meanwhile that same organization won’t bother to point out the vicious, hateful racism of Samir Shabazz and the New Black Panthers.
And all the while these events are swirling around, Barack Obama is allowing unknown numbers of poor, oppressed, helpless black people in Haiti to suffer and die.
It’s long passed time that Barack Obama be held accountable for his failures and his false promises involving Haiti. And it’s also long passed time that the American people hold responsible the mainstream media that has become nothing but a propagandist tool.