Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Instapundit on Haiti Relief

Instapundit and a reader comment on the Haitian relief effort and the arrival of bigwigs (namely the Clintons). Not a pretty portrait. Prof. Reynolds notes:
Bigwigs should travel on flights bringing aid, and if we had a better class of bigwigs that would be a given. But in anything like this, however well-executed, lots of things are going to go wrong, because that’s the nature of the beast. Have we exceeded that threshold?
I don't think we have, but we also don't seem to have thought creatively.

Sure, some assets are in place, the U.S.S. Carl Vinson (an aircraft carrier), the U.S.N.S Comfort (a floating first class hospital) is one the way if it hasn't already arrived and thousands of troops. But here is a thought--is any aid flowing overland from the Dominican Republic? Santo Domingo is a short helicopter flight away from Port Au Prince and most of Haiti. Stage a few dozen H-53's from Santo Domingo and you can move a lot of aid in a helicopter train.

I just saying, I don't think people providing aid do so in a creative way.

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