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Haiti: America's Response

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Although President Obama set the U.S. government Wednesday on a massive rescue and relief operation in the devastated capital of Haiti, ordering the rapid mobilization of military and diplomatic assistance, and pledging an aggressive effort to save the lives of those caught in Tuesday's earthquake. The response has equaled George W Bush's response to Katrina thus far. Although naval ships steamed south and flights began shuttling search-and-rescue teams to dig through rubble in Port-au-Prince no American boots are on the ground thus far. As reported by the Washington Post, military aircraft flew over the island, mapping the destruction, while U.S. officials coordinated the efforts of non-governmental aid agencies. Coast Guard helicopters began flying seriously wounded Americans from the island nation's U.S. Embassy to the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba., about 200 miles away. Why is this going on, why is the United States responding so slowly, let's talk about the Haiti crisis, tonight on the slugfest, "If you can handle the truth."

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