USS Vinson off the coast of Haiti

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) maneuvers off the coast of Haiti Jan. 23, 2010. Carl Vinson and Carrier Wing (CVW) 17 are supporting Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in Haiti Jan. 12, 2010. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker, U.S. Navy/Released)

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) maneuvers off the coast of Haiti Jan. 23, 2010. Carl Vinson and Carrier Wing (CVW) 17 are supporting Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in Haiti Jan. 12, 2010. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker, U.S. Navy/Released)

Reminds me of America and its stupid aircraft carriers.

Comments

  1. I paid for every navy and coast guard ship and aircraft operating there. I paid for every MRE, water bottle, tent, cot, and piece of heavy equipment, as well as the training and paychecks for the servicemembers delivering them. And the UN- there’s a good chance I paid for their shit too.

    Please don’t ask me again for more $$ for more terrible places.

    Sincerely,

    The American Taxpayer

  2. Not to get too geeky, but that is an awesome picture, from a distance.

    I was hoping to print out a 12X18 or so copy, and hang it on my wall.

    But when I zoomed in, the photographer either blew the focus or didn’t use a fast enough shutter speed. What ever the cause, it’s too damn blurry for anything more than the web.

    But I like the intended message.

  3. I think it is messed up that we are going to spend in excess of $100 million on Haiti, money we don’t have and must borrow from the Chinese, while China is going to spend 30 million yuan which corresponds to around $4 million. And China is sitting on over $1 trillion of US reserves.

  4. Not sure I quite grok the attitude of, “Hey, where’s my help?” either.

    By my experience, sometimes you get help, sometimes you don’t, regardless of how much you need it. Plopping down and expecting foreigners to help you- and then getting assy when they don’t do it fast enough- is just…just… alien.

  5. Aid dollars aren’t as simple as that… people who provide the aid give it in the form of support (i.e. in the form of aircraft that are technically leased under low rates etc.).

    The US will get this money back. Essentially this is $100 million into the US taxpayers pocket. It’s just a loan. Not free money.

    However, it’s probably not the best time to spend money. But it is fairly contained within the US economy. Most products will be US based, etc. Contractors for rebuilding will be based from US companies etc.

    I don’t think it’s too bad a deal; for either party that is.

    I think we should reinforce what the UN is doing these days though. It’s an impotent organisation that does nothing but lengthen debate without ever really affecting the outcome.

    It should either be classed as a non-military force and disband that part, or use it’s military for proper uses other than watching people get killed in genocides and complain to other nations to stop it.

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