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Here comes the cavalry – U.S. aid arrives in Haiti

The U.S. has begun to send in aid to the desperate nation of Haiti as of last night and early this morning to help with the earthquake crisis relief.

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Carl Vinson is, according to the Detroit News website, expected to arrive off the coast of Haiti this morning.  The military is also expected to send a brigade of Marines (about 3500 troops) to help with first aid efforts and play sheriff as well with UN troops (you can find the article here).

Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have pledged full assistance to Haiti.  In an impassioned speech by Obama filmed by the AP that I found on the NYT website, Obama called together a “swift, coordinated and aggressive effort”  in Haiti, and that Haiti is  a “top priority” for many agencies right now.  He referenced both the sending of relief workers as well as sending a military presence to assists in the chaos that is surely present.

You can see both Obama’s and Clinton’s videos.

According to The Guardian, Obama has also vowed a 1oo million dollar care package to Haiti as well.

Here is a raw video of a relief arriving on the ground.  No sound in this one.

Bill Clinton has expressed a strong opinion on how to handle this current crisis.  He recently published an article in Time titled “What Haiti Needs”.  You can find that article here.

But while Clinton is hopeful, he believes, according to an article on CNSnews.com, that Haiti would not be in this “fix” (that’s such a Bill word) if the U.S. had given more attention to Haiti.  The U.S., after all, is Haiti’s number one contributor, and has been since 1973.

It’s a shame that hindsight is 20/20.

I’ll finish off with a hope inspiring quote that Bill said in his Time article that was also on the NYT site:

Haiti isn’t doomed. Let’s not forget, the damage from the earthquake is largely concentrated in the Port-au-Prince area. That has meant a tragic loss of life, but it also means there are opportunities to rebuild in other parts of the island. So all the development projects, the agriculture, the reforestation, the tourism, the airport that needs to be built in the northern part of Haiti — everything else should stay on schedule. Then we should simply redouble our efforts once the emergency passes to do the right sort of construction in Port-au-Prince and use it to continue to build back better.

Before this disaster, Haiti had the best chance in my lifetime to fulfill its potential as a country, to basically escape the chains of the past 200 years. I still believe that if we rally around them now and support them in the right way, the Haitian people can reclaim their destiny.

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