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Monday, January 24, 2005

The Price We Pay to Serve

Via The Diplomad, "Ed Stanton" posted this on Soldiers for the Truth. Ed is the nom de guerre/plume for a naval officer serving on the USS Abraham Lincoln. Just another firsthand tale of our relief efforts for the tsunami victims vs that of the UN and our "allies":

I went in for breakfast as I usually do, expecting to see the usual crowd of ship’s company officers in khakis and air wing aviators in flight suits, drinking coffee and exchanging rumors about when our ongoing humanitarian mission in Sumatra is going to end.

What I saw instead was a mob of civilians sitting around like they owned the place. They wore various colored vests with logos on the back including Save The Children, World Health Organization and the dreaded baby blue vest of the United Nations. Mixed in with this crowd were a bunch of reporters, cameramen and Indonesian military officers in uniform. They all carried cameras, sunglasses and fanny packs like tourists on their way to Disneyland.

My warship had been transformed into a floating hotel for a bunch of trifling do-gooders overnight.

As I went through the breakfast line, I overheard one of the U.N. strap-hangers, a longhaired guy with a beard, make a sarcastic comment to one of our food servers. He said something along the lines of “Nice china, really makes me feel special,” in reference to the fact that we were eating off of paper plates that day. It was all I could do to keep from jerking him off his feet and choking him, because I knew that the reason we were eating off paper plates was to save dishwashing water so that we would have more water to send ashore and save lives. That plus the fact that he had no business being there in the first place.

He's just getting started. Read more about how the Navy is expected to provide free transport to Dan Rather, free chow to NGOs, and risk their people and equipment to help a government that won't let them fly training missions in their airspace and what that means for our defensive capabilities.
papijoe 4:35 PM