I know I shouldn’t trust what I see on CNN, or on any of the major media outlets. I know the rule is “if it bleeds, it leads”, and I can assume that all media doomsaying should be taken with a grain of salt. But this story pisses me off.
There are thousands of people huddled around a convention center, with nowhere to go, without food or water, in the middle of the US. What the hell is up with that? This is the country that coordinates major airlifts in the middle of warzones, for fuck’s sake. We have lots of big fucking helicopers, that were made to take lots of people out of harm’s way even while being shot at by professional soldiers. We have no shortage of boats. And we have thousands of men and women with large, frightening rifles that can make it very unrewarding to shoot at the above-mentioned vehicles.
It goes without saying that I think it’s a shame that the average citizens of New Orleans, not to mention the aid workers, aren’t armed. But that’s neither here nor there – we have a full-functional national guard. There is no reason for all those people to be stranded in the middle of town. It’s not a fucking fallout zone. Let’s see some goddamn American ingenuity and guts.
Yeah, I know I’ll probably regret this post later, when I read all about the people who worked tirelessly to get those people out… but right now it just seems a little absurd that in the middle of the United States, we can’t get a bunch of people out of a flooded city.
EDIT: Leaving airlifts aside, they can’t airdrop pallets of food, water, medical supplies, emergency shelters? Volunteer EMTs? WTF?!
EDIT 2: And another thing. The news has been reporting that communications are extremely patchy and unreliable in the affected area, due to power outages, line breaks, and whatnot. My question: where are the HAMs?! This is what they train for, why they spend a weekend or more a year out in some field with no external power, radioing Timbuktu or wherever.
More and more I think this is not the country it used to be.