US Marines reach Indonesia quake zone

posted at 10:53 am on May 31, 2006 by Bryan

The US Marines: Doing a job Americans always do:

U.S. Marines joined an international effort Tuesday to deliver aid and medical equipment to about 200,000 Indonesians left homeless by a devastating earthquake, as hopes faded of finding more survivors.

Two U.S. Marine cargo planes carrying a mobile field hospital landed in Yogyakarta, closest to the quake area in central Java, after cracks in the airport runway were patched.

A disaster assistance response team from the U.S. Agency for International Development is being readied and the amphibious assault ship USS Essex, which has extensive medical facilities, is en route to the area, White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said.

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Yet 6 years later, Bush can’t get any troops on our own borders. Once again, putting others needs over Americas.

roninacreage on May 31, 2006 at 10:58 AM


NRA4Freedom on May 31, 2006 at 10:59 AM

Sorry roninacreage, but Bush has. Poor inept President Bush, he just can’t seem to grasp the difference between Americans, North Americans, Central Americans, Latin Americans, Canadian Americans, and South Americans.

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on May 31, 2006 at 11:02 AM

BTW its nice to see someone else post here besides ALLAHpungent

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on May 31, 2006 at 11:04 AM

Maybe the United States should stick to just doing what we do best, kill evil people in the attempt to spread freedom to the oppressed, and let someone else, like the U.N., do the humanitarian thing. Oh, wait, if we let the U.N. do what they do best, we STILL have to do everything ourselves.


NRA4Freedom on May 31, 2006 at 11:05 AM

IndoAmericans? Have they got their $2000 debit cards yet?

roninacreage on May 31, 2006 at 11:07 AM

Too late, Ronin, they’re already at the strip club.

Kid from Brooklyn on May 31, 2006 at 11:12 AM

“Hey, what you mean? That’s the wrong color Armani bag. I wanna green one…”

clyde on May 31, 2006 at 11:49 AM

Help em today…hated tomorrow…

BirdEye on May 31, 2006 at 11:52 AM

Bush is very generous with our tax dollar.


easy87us on May 31, 2006 at 12:01 PM

With all the things we have done in Darfor and Indonesia, why can’t we teach them to shew the flies off their faces when they are on camera? Very upsetting.

Shmo on May 31, 2006 at 12:15 PM

Demonstrates the insanity of our laws. We can send Marines to aid in Indonesia, but not Mississippi.

dman on May 31, 2006 at 12:22 PM

Are you from MS dman? It’s a shame what happened to my home state.

BirdEye on May 31, 2006 at 12:37 PM

No, I’m from CA, recently moved to TN. My sympathies are with the folks of MS, who are trying to recover with little outside help – as opposed to the whiners and finger-pointers in LA. (That’s Louisiana, not Los Angeles!)

dman on May 31, 2006 at 1:04 PM

Couldn’t agree more…Waveland, MS gets wiped off the map…while those expecting the goverment to take care of them first before they take care of themselves get 90% of the MSM coverage. Shameful at best.

BirdEye on May 31, 2006 at 1:08 PM

Indonesia, New Orleans, Mexico – si. Mississippi – no. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Republican adminstration that cares about its base?

dman on May 31, 2006 at 1:14 PM

BirdEye and dman,

I’m from Arkansas and I fully agree with what you say on this. “The squeeky axel gets the grease” though.

Wish Bush would quit wasting tax money while claiming to be a conservative. America should come FIRST to Americans, and there are still places in MS, AL, TX, and La that aren’t up to any standards yet.

Duty, Honor, Country
(in THAT order)

Rowane on May 31, 2006 at 1:21 PM

I don’t mind helping people who are starving. I’m glad we are wealthy and secure enough that we have the resources to help others. Its just that there is never any recognition or gratefulness from those that we help.
And there’s never any move on the part of the governments we aid in reforming their systems to help prevent further tragedies. So every disaster, we have to spend more of our money to help these people out. Look how Florida revamped its government to deal with natural disasters. Look at the programs Mississippi is implementing. Doesn’t Indonesia have building codes? Shouldn’t we be demanding that these governements protect their own citizens instead of leaving it to us?

Iblis on May 31, 2006 at 2:08 PM

Rowane:”I’m from Arkansas and I fully agree with what you say on this. “The squeeky axel gets the grease” though.”
I think the conservatives have squeeked enough to get a zillion pounds of grease but ain’t seeing one ounce coming.

Bush seemed to send us just enough grease for the big shaft.


easy87us on May 31, 2006 at 2:43 PM

Dread Pirate:

You’ve got some crust.

IrishEi on May 31, 2006 at 4:39 PM

Rowane, agreed about the squeaky axle (or wheel). It’s still frustrating that the purported party of responsiblity does not reward responsible behavior. I don’t know the solution to this quirk of human nature, but it reduces the credibility of the government itself.

From padded defense budgets (spend the money or lose it) to pork projects, this mentality is the underpinning of government waste. Anyone with a cure has my vote.

dman on May 31, 2006 at 5:13 PM

Wouldn’t it be nice to elect someone who is content to be President of the United States, and not the whole world?

dman on May 31, 2006 at 5:25 PM

Wasn’t it a week ago I was reading in the newspaper about some rally Indonesia with people shouting “Death to America!”?

I’m surprised the New York Times didn’t run the headline: “US Marines Invade Indonesia On Bush’s Order!”

hadsil on June 1, 2006 at 2:05 AM

Easy87us, I don’t thik he even bothered with the grease just went for it.

This man needs to realize who voted him in and be just a bit grateful at least. Not ONE thing conservative since he was re-elected, and precious little in the first term.

You’re spot on about being Prez of the US and not the whole world, dman. I just wish someone would give it a try.

Duty, Honor, Country
(in THAT order)

Rowane on June 1, 2006 at 2:18 AM

Some Muslims in Indonesia have declared our humanitarian efforts to be propaganda. So, let’s take our medicine and our food and go the hell home! Tell the Indonesian people:

“Your Muslim Countryman have stated they do not want humanitarian aid from the United States. The people of Indonesia are being punished by Allah for their sins and the US is only interfering for personal gain.

Henceforth and forever, you can expect all future assistance to come from the Palestinians, the Saudi’s, the Iraqis, the Syrians, and the Iranians! Enjoy your tropical paradise!”

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 1, 2006 at 10:49 AM