January 1, 2005

"the bureaucratic crap is forgotten"

The Diplomad blogs anonymously, but from this post it's clear he is posted somewhere in the tsunami area...

...Our regular readers know that this blog is very critical of the Foreign Service and the State Department. But to be fair, I think Americans would be proud of the dedication shown and of the work being done by their Foreign Service, some incredibly competent and energetic USAID workers, and, of course, the US military. Everybody in the Embassy community is giving up leave, canceling long-standing holiday plans, volunteering for every imaginable duty -- including some quite hazardous ones -- and doing incredible work, all to save the lives of people, many of whom a few days ago probably would have been perfectly willing to burn down our Embassy or march against the USA. Most of the bureaucratic crap is forgotten and common sense rules the day. Americans are everywhere in this corner of the Far Abroad doing things that no other country on earth can or will do and at a truly amazing pace. Proud to be an American (and for the Aussies, you, too, can be very proud of your folks who are doing a bang up job -- as the Aussie military always does.)

In stark contrast, the much-vaunted UN humanitarian effort is a disgrace.... (Thanks to
Betsy N)

The UN efforts do look like exactly that. Read the rest.

And here's a new post with more, on how the UN is taking credit for stuff that hardworking Americans and Australians are doing...

Posted by John Weidner at January 1, 2005 9:23 AM
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