January 20, 2010

FAILING THEIR OWN TEST:

Why Is the Haitian Disaster Response So Messed Up?: The response to the disaster in Haiti has been a disaster. (Danny Schechter, 1/20/10, Epoch Times)

Every disaster plan is built to some degree around the idea of triage—deciding who can and cannot be saved. The worst cases are often separated and allowed to perish so that others who are considered more survivable can be treated.

There is a tragic triage underway in Haiti thanks to screw-ups on the part of the U.S. and Western response, and in part because of the objectively tough conditions in Haiti that blocked access and made the delivery of food, water, and services difficult. But the planners should have known that!


Haiti represents the first great opportunity for the world to demonstrate that the response to Hurricane Katrina was a peculiar function of who George W. Bush was rather than an inherent function of what government is. It's going as well as anyone should have expected.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 20, 2010 6:20 AM
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