U.S. Tsunami Disaster Relief

I keep seeing news articles about the tsunami that make me angry. I’m not going to give you any examples, I’m sure you’ve seen them too. I don’t know what the deal is, we’re giving them help. I mean, I recognize that we’re the hall monitor for the world, with all that entails. Now, I’m not going to tell anyone not to donate their money to helping the people affected by this disaster. I’m not going to point out the growing list of countries that should be doing more. But, I am going to say that this happened in Asia, not in the U.S.A. So if it’s not our first priority, sue us. If you want to help great, if you don’t… Well, that’s your prerogative. And to put it all into perspective:

“We are six percent or less of the world’s population, yet we give almost half. We are a very small number of people, relatively speaking, and we carry the weight of a dozen countries. Secondly, we maintain a military structure that keeps the peace of the world. … Who is in the Indian Ocean with the aircraft carriers, helicopters, skilled personal? No one has the infrastructure in the world, we spend almost half a trillion dollars a year on our military structure, which is essentially the fire department of the planet and it is always at the disposal of people hit in a national disaster. … Incidentally on food aid, we give 60% of all the food aid in the world. It is simply irresponsible to talk about the U.S. as anything other than the most generous nation on the planet.”
–Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post columnist

So take your “we should be doing more” crap and shove it in your ass. Later.