January 15, 2010

LKL: The United States' relief effort in Haiti

Posted: 06:09 PM ET
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A. Smith, Oregon   January 15th, 2010 6:37 pm ET

Larry King and CNN viewers, does the Haitian people look like any of them actually received the $208 MILLION taxpayer dollars in economic relief a mere 3 years ago from the infamous Bush-Cheney administration?

Where is the indignation and utter lack of accountability on the Bush-Cheney administration that is on record of giving $208 Million taxpayer dollars to the Haitian people a mere 3 years ago?

There is no stockpile of emergency medical supply's, there is no stockpile of emergency medicine. It entirely appears that Bush-Cheney gave $208 MILLION US taxpayer dollars to a small handful of Bush jr's. friends in Haiti.

Larry King, the Obama Administration should demand accountability for that large amount of taxpayer dollars given a mere 3 years ago that is entirely missing in Haiti at this time of great need.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 15th, 2010 6:49 pm ET

Anyone else notice the silence by the very vocal Dick Cheney on the Haitian relief effort? How about explaining to the American people who you gave that $208 Million dollars in economic help to in Haiti, Dick Cheney? Come out into the spotlight you big Cockroach!

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 7:14 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

I would like to see a full accounting of all the money our government spent from 2000 – 2008. I, too, would like to know where our hard-earned “trillions of dollars” found its final resting place. (RIP)

I would assume in several very secretive off shore accounts. Maybe some of the money in the 100,000 acre ranch in Paraguay. If we find our tax money paid for that land, I wonder if we, Americans, have the rights to that water?

You are absolutely on target A. Smith! It seems our tax dollars never made the maiden flight to Haiti! Maybe the flight made a quick detour in some off shore account? What do you think?

Sandra   January 15th, 2010 8:37 pm ET

I would like to know where Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, and the other journalists and crew are staying in Haiti and from where are they getting food and water. I am in New Orleans and am remembering that right after Katrina, the displaced residents of N.O. were unable to find hotel rooms or apartments because they were all booked up by the media and FEMA. Even the hotels and apartments as far away as Baton Rouge were booked up. While the residents of N.O. needed the media and FEMA, it made a catastrophic situation even worse that our very limited resources were being consumed by people who were not victims of Katrina. I hope that this is not happening in Haiti.

ERICA   January 15th, 2010 8:43 pm ET

Nadine Stephenson wrote on her wall post that There are 63 people still alive in Carribean Market. One of the survivors sent a text so we could send out help. PLEASE LET PEOPLE KNOW IN ORDER TO HELP THEM OUT!!! copy and paste this on every Haiti page/group wall you cansend this in facebook

hope123   January 15th, 2010 9:00 pm ET

MR. Larry King just want say the reson we donate in this disaster is we Michael Jackson fans we are fullfulling his message. We have more donations bcause we organized our mission with love and Healing the world so we need you to remmeber Our Michael he would be the first one to help But still did throught us thanks
MJJ fans

ronald   January 15th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

News from Rede Globo Brazil for those whom want to know and CNN does not broadcast.
Most recent arrival of UN Brazilian soldiers injured in Haiti, arrived back in Brazil for treatment of their injuries.
One soldier has a confirmed case of malaria,another is suspected of having malaria.
My thoughts are if any of those rescue workers,doctors etc are prepared to confront the possibly for malaria and if USAID is smart enough to potentially treat its own professional for this possibly?
Logically, this is one of the least problems.but if atleast one Brazilian UN soldiers has malaria,is being treated for it and will some specialists be included to assist these professionals and citizens there for malaria too?
Just reported, Cuba has provided the US fly over rights over Cuba to arrive with aid airplanes to haiti cutting their flight time .

Rede Globo currently is showing a broadcast, of the removal of a nurse, earlier today from rubble, being discovered by a UN soldier.Her name is Miss Joana Batista (however you write translated in french) 33 years old, she looks like being removed by some rescue workers from Montana, workers wearing white helmets with Montana one them.
Montana has some search and rescue workers there?

This nurse was taken to a Brazilian makeshift hospital there and is safe condition.

rosey petals   January 15th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

We the citizens of this great country are the best and united together in the earthquake tragedy that has hurt so many families. We are all in this together and we must continue to pray for Haiti families and their country.Don't be distracted by R. Limbaugh, his sickness has affected his mind, too many pills, a sad man and so is Rev. Pat, just mentally unbalance. Save the Haitian families.

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

The trauma the people from Haiti are experiencing is like non-other in our lifetime. Amputation without painkillers that is unfathomable! I am speechless! My heart goes out to everyone in Haiti!

ronald   January 15th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

Talk about all those from Canada that are doing above and beyond to help those in Haiti.
Am sure Canadians view your broadcast.I am sure some of your advertising bucks must be coming from Canada.
Tell me about those Mexican search and rescue workers.
Tell me about those Cuban doctors there.
Tell me about South Koreans there.
Tell me about that US comfort ship taking lots of doctors there.
Tell me about any conditions outside of the capital?
Anyone outside the capital suffered from the earthquake?
How are the roads from Southern neighbor,Dominican Republic leading towards the capital.
tell me about the potential plan to help the population after all the chaos ceases to exist?
How many policemen there?
larry,you ask Anderson Cooper where are the doctors,the supplies,etc.
Well, larry find out and tell us.
Someone going to ask someone for a update?

Anne D   January 15th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

A. Smith,
We have probably given Haiti a couple billion since the early 90's with much of it given by the Clinton administration. Is the money given during the Bush presidency the only money given to Haiti for which there is no accounting?

PJ Peirano   January 15th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

Ask Dr. Sanjay to explain CRUSH WOUNDS. (When I was in Marines, it was considered among the mast dangerous!)

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

@ Anne D.

Good Evening! ~whew~ this is hard to watch. The reporters are very strong to handle this much physical and emotional pain.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 15th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

Early reports were that the USS Carl Vinson steamed from Gitmo Naval base to Haiti at 30 knots. That is very fast for such a huge aircraft carrier. Shortly this afternoon, reports from the Carl Vinson was that essential care items were running short! They had slung loaded nearly all of the supplies they had on-board and began to relay further supplies from Gitmo Naval base in Cuba back to the USS Carl Vinson offshore at Haiti.

One of several large emergency supply barges by a aid agency is arriving in the next few days in Haiti. These large supply barges are better equipped to hold and handle a great deal of emergency food (6 months worth for 2 million people), emergency medicine and temporary housing.

When the rains begin returning to Haiti, well over 2 million people are going to need some temporary or adequate shelter or the death toll is going to soar from Haitians whose body's are unable to fight off infections, disease and lack of fresh water.

Laurent Vidal   January 15th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

just one more point I was a relief worker on the guatemalan earthquake and believe me thoses events deserve a bit more sensitivity and respect

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

A. Smith

What could the world do to change this outcome?

k witt   January 15th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

I am watching your coverage. Please tell me that the reporter who was at the orphanage did not leave25 chidren and the two ladies taking care of them without any food or water. If he was able to get there and leave why didn't he take them with him to where the supplies were being housed. Or at the least, go back and take them supplies.

Anne D   January 15th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

Good evening to you as well. I am just devastated that the little girl died simply due to a crushed leg. How have some been able to have amputations and some not? And, of course, there are many similar stories there that we aren't seeing. Very hard to watch.

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Anne D. I am with you. I cannot even remember having amputations without painkiller medications in this century or last? Its absolutely horrific!

A. Smith, Oregon   January 15th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

@ Anne D. good question, the GAO (US Governmental Accounting Office) should be called on the carpet along with Bush jr. and Dick Cheney in regards to where the hundreds of millions of economic aid taxpayer dollars went to in Haiti.

If there were adequate desalination plants or even if 1/10 of those funds went to build two new desalination plants, there would be no huge lack of fresh water supplies in Port au Prince which is very evident. Two US warships are being used to supply fresh water now, several other aid agency's are setting up emergency fresh water production also.

Its evident NONE of the Bush-Cheney $208 million economic aid to Haiti in 2007 went to stockpiling medical supply's, nor medicine. They don't even seem to have stockpiles of meals ready to eat (MRE's). Given the frequent Hurricanes that hit the Caribbean Islands, IT IS UTTER FRAUD to not have all of those three stockpiles in place and ready to use at anytime there is a natural emergency in Haiti.

Debbie   January 15th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

Why has it taken so long for help to arrive in Haiti? More would have been done and accomplished in 3 days a 1/2 century ago. We are living in the 21st century people! Human beings are dying needlessly – waiting for someone to rescue them. Someone should have taken charge from the get go not 3-4 days after the disaster. Thousands could have been saved from the debris but unorganization resulted in so many deaths. One would think twice about sending money after watching CNN and seeing all the chaos. Whether 1 million or 1 billion dollars was collected it seems to me it would not make a difference. Know one has or is taking control. My thoughts and prayers are with families who have lost loved ones and to those who will never know.

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

I just do not understand why we can not fly out medications? You can drop them from a helicopter. What is the big deal that is preventing this?

Anne D   January 15th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

I agree Dodie. My understanding is that there are additional meds in the area waiting to get in. I was thinking the same thing; why can't they be dropped from above. Perhaps it's because they need to get in the right hands and there is little communication. Helicopters could identify treatment centers I would think.

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

Anne D

You would imagine something can be done. I understand the chaos, but can't one make a X for a helicopter drop?

Dana Mitchell   January 15th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

I would like to help in the hatian relief by taking in an orphan. I've looked all over the internet and dont see any reference to helping house the existing or new orphans. only reference is to adoptions in process are haulted. i know all the govt infrastructure is gone. is there anyway to help by taking children in our home for foster or perhaps adoption?

Thanks, Dana Mitchell

m. porter m m. porter   January 15th, 2010 10:54 pm ET

Dear Larry...after hearing that sanjay gupta was advised to leave as is the entire medical team..I am highly suspicious as I was with the threat of violence during the Katrina tragedy...I do suspect a kind of very sick sabbotage whereby some group tries to thwart the efforts of the people trying to be saved. The gunfire is not from the poor haitians who have suffered but from a carefully crafted force of sabboteurs in league with the same force that wants Haiti to stay on its knees. Also, why cannot the soldiers be dispatched around these medical field centers to protect them? Where are the soldiers that we saw that landed? And why are they not a part of the medical teams to protect them. That to me is just commonsense. How do they know that they won't be chased everytime they set up? And why can't they take the patients with them.? It would be inhumane to just leave them, Larry, I hope that I am wrong but I have this sinking feeling that before this story is through that the soldiers willbe doing more shooting of Haitians than helping or protecting them. I am not satisfied with the response of the first responders from our country and where are the helicopters and earth movers. I would think that the response would be as great as our country is great. Many will die trapped inside buildings from exposure starvation infection and most of all...DELAY on the part of the greatest and richest nation in the world. Moreover help should have streamed across the boarders of Santo Domingo...but it has not.

m. porter   January 15th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

Dear Larry, I left my comments...quite a few of them...but am new on my said I made an error and then I could not retreive all that I had typed...sorry

A. Smith, Oregon   January 15th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

@ Dodie, with Haiti in the spotlight, Democratic congressional leaders should band together with the Obama administration to take certain steps that all future economic aid to Haitians makes it to the Haitian people instead of a tiny group of political friends.

Big Pharma fat from huge profits these past several years from American's should flood the Haitian relief effort with painkillers and antibiotics. Amputations without general anesthetics is barbaric and MD's resorting to Novicaine pushes the patient to the extreme on their cardio-vascular endurance which likely leads to a large increase in mortality rates for routine amputations of patients past the age of 30.

ckelly   January 15th, 2010 11:03 pm ET

There must be ways of marking familiar community social spots even if they are destroyed as ways of marking drop off spots-churchs, parishes, hospitals, aid centres, parks, palace etc even if they are destroyed(places that are familiar to the community people)

Could they not survey-by helicopter/ plane; make a map and then have a two prong approach once the community spots are identified?

Prong one: drop off soldiers/police who speak French/Haitian language with a community set up and security (tarps, tents, tables etc) then a couple hours later drop off supplies by helicopter- dropped to many, small community drop offs-airlifting out people who are injured close by- to the USS comfort and other hospital/medic sites?

Its hard to know what the infrastructure is like and problems-shortage of jet fuel etc. how many helicopters etc.

Anne D   January 15th, 2010 11:07 pm ET

Now they are talking about that little girl on AC. So sad and Anderson and that other guy can hardly hold it together.

Now what is going on that docs are leaving for security concerns?

A. Smith, Oregon   January 15th, 2010 11:09 pm ET

@ Dodie, landing a helicopter that is slung loaded into a urban environment is a tricky matter, best made by people on the ground that are trained in that exacting function.

Heavy lift helicopters kick up a large amount of debris and chop which makes it very difficult in areas caked with concrete dust and small rubble. It takes a trained crew to unsling the load if the helicopter doesn't set down, in a emergency the crew could simply drop the load but likely the load would be crushed by the impact.

Larger helicopters really need a sizable space that is free of power-lines and debris to sling their loads into. Given the rubble fields thru-out Port au Prince, they are finding that hard to obtain and might have to resort to the smaller lighter lifting helicopters to make those drops.

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 11:18 pm ET

There are so many islands, Cuba, Jamaica that are a stones throw. Why not medi-vac as many as they can?

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 11:18 pm ET

Haiti has beaches, the helicopters can use the beach.

Anne D   January 15th, 2010 11:20 pm ET

I think the biggest problem is that there is no leadership, no one or group to really get the relief initiative organized. It's beyond me that hundreds of journalists can get in and seem to be getting around, but meds cannot get in or around. Something sadly wrong here.

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 11:21 pm ET

Yes, I am with you on that one... why aren't the pharmaceutical company contributing? Lilly makes a ton of money. There still seems so much disconnect between the haves and have-nots... I am very irritated

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 11:22 pm ET

Anne D

The journalists can be the communication gap

David Cherbonnier   January 15th, 2010 11:23 pm ET

Somebody needs to caution the well meaning. The way the Australian Newsman poured water into the rescued infant could have serious complications. The person should initially be given enough water to quench thirst then it should be administered in sips. In this instance they should be carrying an isotonic drink or lacking that water with one teaspoon of salt per quart.

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 11:25 pm ET

A. Smith... they can make the drop on the sand from a low altitude. No power lines on the beaches and there are places with no hotels. Open beach. I understand sand would be everywhere...

I suspect there is no leadership. This is probably the main problem.

Anne D   January 15th, 2010 11:28 pm ET

The pharma companies are contributing. I just heard something specifically about Lilly today; can't remember what it was specifically.
Obviously much of what has been given isn't getting to those in need.
Pharma always contributes to these tragedies in addition to their ongoing contributions.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 15th, 2010 11:29 pm ET

Yes a beach drop zone would be ideal, however the roads from the coast to downtown Port au Prince are not. I'm certain they are sling loading everything they can safely and preparing for the large barges of emergency supplies that should arrive during the next week.

Those barges contain enough emergency food and supplies to feed 2 million for 6 months, giving the readers a idea on the size of their loads and capability. It is essential however for the front end loaders and bulldozers to open up the main routes in Port au Prince to allow the transportation of those aid supplies to be trucked into various locations.

Anne D   January 15th, 2010 11:30 pm ET

Lack of organization is the downfall of a lot of great ideas and goals. We can have people willing to work 24/7 to help but until someone comes in and gets this initiative organized, it's going to move fairly slowly and even counter productive sometimes. Who was the military guy that finally came in to get Katrina organized; they need someone like that. Someone mentioned his name on another post and I think she made a good point.

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 11:31 pm ET

Anne D.

I hope you are correct! I just cannot fathom an amputation without anesthesia medicine.

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 11:33 pm ET

A. Smith

The city is right next to a main beach on one side and the harbor on the other. I would like to see our media correspondents using their equipment to help with communication. I suspect Anne is correct. Lack of communication which also makes for chaos...

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 11:35 pm ET


Remember when we were walking by the harbor and I showed you a really nice beach. Haiti is the same layout. Obviously 3rd world, but still the same. If they could carry the supplies, it would reach the people. Water is very heavy but other supplies are not

Anne D   January 15th, 2010 11:40 pm ET

A little long so just to note also $350 million in last year accounted for in the last sentence.

Donations of medicines and money will help with relief operations
INDIANAPOLIS, Jan 14, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ - Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced that it will provide donations of medicines and money for victims of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti on January 12.

"The current situation in Haiti is a profound human tragedy," said Robert L. Smith, president of the Lilly Foundation. "The significant number of casualties and widespread property damage require an urgent and compassionate response. We hope Lilly's contributions will help ease some of the suffering, and aid in the recovery efforts."

Lilly has initially pledged $250,000 in direct cash contributions. Half of this amount will be for short-term relief, with the balance donated over the next 12 months in support of the longer-term rebuilding efforts. The company will also match contributions of its U.S. employees, up to a total of $250,000. In addition, Lilly will work with non-governmental organization partners working in Haiti on appropriate donations of medicines.

About Eli Lilly and Company

Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers – through medicines and information – for some of the world's most urgent medical needs.

Lilly's philanthropic giving in 2008 was about $350 million, nearly $6 million each week toward improving the health of communities around the world.

Anne D   January 15th, 2010 11:44 pm ET

It's hard to believe a beach is so close and we can't get more done. Honestly, I wish we could go help. I know we could make a difference. Something just doesn't add here. It's so frustrating to just keep watching no progress.

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 11:45 pm ET

Well at least Lilly is helping a little. They are probably close to a billion dollar company.

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 11:45 pm ET

Thanks Anne

A. Smith, Oregon   January 15th, 2010 11:50 pm ET

Lilly and other company's composing Big Pharma routinely net a Billion or more US dollars per single drug that is well selling. And they are parsing out 250k, is that in drug coupons? Anyone that compares pet and vet 'drug' prices to the same drugs Big Pharma sells to Americans knows how huge the markup is and how much profit Big Pharma is making on each of those 'legal' drugs.

1 billion = 1,000 Million they could give away simply off the profits on a single of their best selling 'legal' drugs. And typical Big Pharma company's each have 6 – 12 well selling 'legal' drugs in their portfolio.

Perhaps the CIA can supply Haiti with cheap Opium and Heroin from their operations in Afghanistan?

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 11:51 pm ET

Anne D

This should be a wake up call for the entire world!

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 11:56 pm ET

A. Smith

At this point, that is not a bad idea. I suspect you were being factitious.

Anne D   January 15th, 2010 11:57 pm ET

GSK sent oral and topical antibiotics on the first flights that went to Haiti. Of course, we don't know if they are being used or sitting on a tarmac somewhere nearby, that is the frustrating part.

Dodie   January 16th, 2010 12:02 am ET

Anne D

Do you have google earth? I am looking at a large sandy place on both sides of a river where they could land helicopters or make drops. We need troops so it does not get crazy over the drops. This could become very ugly. Enough desperate people ... Yikes

A. Smith, Oregon   January 16th, 2010 12:04 am ET

I hope President Obama holds the Republican lawmakers feet to the fire and find out where all of that economic aid to Haiti actually went to and work out with the Democratic lawmakers ways to make certain that all future economic aid to Haiti isn't hijacked by Haliburton or some other political front for fraud and corruption.

Dodie   January 16th, 2010 12:06 am ET

I don't understand. CCTV are showing people receiving water and many UN military If anyone has DISH it is channel 265

Dodie   January 16th, 2010 12:07 am ET

CCTV just said a plane lands every 10-15 minutes and leaves the same. The airport is loaded to the max but many supplies are coming in.

Dodie   January 16th, 2010 12:10 am ET

China has many ships, supplies, man power, medical, etc on their way to Haiti. Problem is they have to cross the pacific and either the Panama canal or around the tip of south America.

Ricky   January 16th, 2010 12:19 am ET

How'd Haiti become so poor?

France would not recognize Haiti independence unless indemnities were paid for lands of former slave owners taken over after the revolution. Finally, in 1838 President Boyer of Haiti accepted a 150 million franc debt to pay this indemnity. This debt plagued the economy of Haiti for over 80 years and was not finally paid until 1922. In the meantime Haiti paid many times over 150 million francs in interest on this debt. Which is equivalent to 21 billions today.

In 1910, when a U.S. State Department-National City Bank of New York (now called Citibank) consortium bought the Banque National d'Haïti–Haiti's only commercial bank and its national treasury–in effect transferring Haiti's debts to the Americans. Five years later, President Woodrow Wilson ordered troops to occupy the country in order to keep tabs on "our" investment.

From 1915 to 1934, the U.S. Marines imposed harsh military occupation, murdered Haitians patriots and diverted 40 percent of Haiti's gross domestic product to U.S. bankers. Haitians were banned from government jobs. Ambitious Haitians were shunted into the puppet military, setting the stage for a half-century of U.S.-backed military dictatorship.

The U.S. kept control of Haiti's finances until 1947.

Still–why should Haitians complain? Sure, we stole 40 percent of Haiti's national wealth for 32 years. But we let them keep 60 percent.

Despite having been bled dry by American bankers and generals, civil disorder prevailed until 1957, when the CIA installed President-for-Life François "Papa Doc" Duvalier. Duvalier's brutal Tonton Macoutes paramilitary goon squads murdered at least 30,000 Haitians and drove educated people to flee into exile. But think of the cup as half-full: fewer people in the population means fewer people competing for the same jobs!

The U.S. has been all about tough love ever since. We twice deposed the populist and popular democratically-elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The second time, in 2004, we even gave him a free flight to the Central African Republic! (He says the CIA kidnapped him, but whatever.) Hey, he needed a rest. And it was kind of us to support a new government formed by former Tonton Macoutes.

Yet, despite everything we've done for Haiti, they're still a fourth-world failed state on a fault line.

And still, we haven't given up. American companies like Disney generously pay wages to their sweatshop workers of 28 cents an hour.

Haiti was not always that poor, this is the result of Economic Sanctions and Embargos. When you sanction a nation you make sure that they have little to no economic activity. A nation without economic activity is left to starve. No money coming in from commerce means no money to spend on hospitals, schools etc...

Anne D   January 16th, 2010 12:19 am ET

I don't have Google earth but thanks for giving a description; it seems ideal for getting supplies and meds in there. I was just doing some research. Sounds like USS Carl Vinson and others will have about 10,000 troops there by Monday so hopefully we will start to see some progress soon. It's just that "soon" is too late for so many.

The Lt. Gen. or Gen. who finally came in to organize efforts in New Orleans was Honore but he is retired. He did get things going and we need someone like that to oversee everything.

Dodie   January 16th, 2010 12:23 am ET

CCTV said they are flying in aircraft from all over the world around the clock with supplies! At least 200 aircraft in any 24 hour period. Not sure how they will transport from the airport to Port-au-Prince Estimates are now at 140,000 deaths

Anne D   January 16th, 2010 12:24 am ET

A. Smith,
Isn't it possible that any money given to Haiti and not used as intended simply went to those corrupt in the Haiti government?

Pat   January 16th, 2010 12:25 am ET

Haiti is a country created by former slaves, kidnapped West Africans, who, in 1804, when slavery still flourished in the United States and the Caribbean, threw off their cruel French masters and created their own republic. The first black republic. In 1779, The Haitians helped saved U.S. revolution in Savannah, Georgia from England.

Haitians have been punished ever since for claiming their freedom: by the French who, in the 1820s, demanded and received payment from the Haitians for the slave colony, impoverishing the country for years to come; by an often brutal American occupation from 1915 to 1934; by indigenous misrule that the American government aided and abetted. (In more recent years American administrations fell into a pattern of promoting and then undermining Haitian constitutional democracy.)

Hence the current state of affairs: at least 10,000 private organizations perform supposedly humanitarian missions in Haiti, yet it remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Some of the money that private aid organizations rely on comes from the United States government, which has insisted that a great deal of the aid return to American pockets — a larger percentage than that of any other industrialized country.

But that is only part of the problem. In the arena of international aid, a great many efforts, past and present, appear to have been doomed from the start. There are the many projects that seem designed to serve not impoverished Haitians but the interests of the people administering the projects. Most important, a lot of organizations seem to be unable — and some appear to be unwilling — to create partnerships with each other or, and this is crucial, with the public sector of the society they’re supposed to serve.

Brian Jones   January 16th, 2010 12:28 am ET

How dare the networks try there best to down grade what America is doing in this tragic time. It takes time to get to an area that is isolated from real world times. It's time others take responsibility for there own actions. This is not the time for plan old news casters to get TV time. Our military is on top of this and once again is the front runner in support. CNN Cooper Anderson needs to get off his soap box and stop down grading Americas military help.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 16th, 2010 12:31 am ET

@ Anne D, I posted in a similar blog regarding Haitian relief the military command sequence now in place in Haiti. I'll try and update that here:

Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser is leading military support to the disaster response mission, being coordinated through the U.S. Agency for International Development and State Department's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.

His deputy military commander, Air Force Lt. Gen. P.K. "Ken" Keen, was on the ground in Haiti when the earthquake struck, and is providing the initial on-the-ground military command.

The initial thrust in the operation, Fraser said, is on assessing the situation on the ground to determine what's needed and where, and to provide communications and command-and-control equipment needed to support relief efforts.

Toward that end they deployed a 30-person team to Haiti yesterday to support U.S. relief efforts. Another important initial thrust is on getting communications and command-and-control assets into Haiti to support relief operations. The U.N. Mission's headquarters was severely damaged during the earthquake, with much of its communications equipment lost.

Anne D   January 16th, 2010 12:42 am ET

Thanks for the history you provide on Haiti; it's a sad story.

A. Smith,
Thanks for the update. Maybe this weekend and into next week, we will see progress. It's just so discouraging to know people are dying when they don't have to, but I think that was already happening there before the earthquake. Just very sad and most of us feel there is little we can do other than send money.

nene   January 16th, 2010 12:47 am ET

here's an idea:
hundreds of yachts in the south florida area should anchor out in the harbor in haiti, convert salt water to fresh water with their water makers, and find a way to fill some drums with water. they can load these into trucks or suspend them from helicopters to get the water to the people. just one boat can make 1800 gallons or more a day.

Dodie   January 16th, 2010 12:47 am ET

Papa Doc was horrible

Anne D   January 16th, 2010 12:54 am ET

Good night, all.

This time last year we were celebrating a miracle on the Hudson. A year later, we have this horrible tragedy.

Dodie   January 16th, 2010 12:56 am ET

Good night Anne D. Take care

Good news. Because of the accident with the whaling ship, Australia is protesting the Japanese Embassy. :~ )

Dodie   January 16th, 2010 1:03 am ET

@ Pat

Thank you for all the information.

Yes, indeed, the Haitian government, especially Papa Doc was horrible. He was as corrupt as anyone could be. Children were literally starving during his reign I think from 1957 – 1971 or something like that. He was a fat big that took every dime that was donated to that country. I assume, the some holds true now.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 16th, 2010 1:08 am ET

Papa Doc, Baby Doc, were both like 3rd. world Bush Family members, extremely evil and they used terror to build up as much power as frightened people would give them.

@ Dodie, were you able to sort out your computer problems? Did you try the free ESET anti-virus on web scanner yet? I highly recommend it.

Dodie   January 16th, 2010 1:17 am ET

A Smith

Yes, you are correct with both men! They are as ruthless as one could ever get.

It seems to be better today! Thank you very much for all your help. I will work on it this weekend as there still seems to be a little glitch!

I really appreciate all the help you gave! Kudos to A. Smith! : ~ )

Sharon Gilmore   January 16th, 2010 1:23 am ET

Regarding the Haitian earthquake victims;

I would be willing to adopt or care for up to 3-4 children if that is possible.
I'm a retired single woman with a large home with an acre of land and a swimming pool. Adequate, though not excessive income and good church support. I would insist that they learn their history, and value themselves as important people in this world.

Please let me know


Sharon Gilmore

Deborah Pickens   January 16th, 2010 1:23 am ET

Thank God for CNN correspondents and other world media correspondents. I am absolutely appalled at the closing of the UN tent hospitals. If they evacuate the doctors, why can't they take the patients in the tent with them? This is Katrina all over. The big players and planners act as if they are afraid of the people. The UN is behaving ridiculously. Maybe it is difficult to distribute the food but Medical care? If Sanjay Gupta can stay in that tent hospital, why couldn't those other doctors stay? Why couldn't the UN just post a few guards around the tents and treat those people? If the big players and the big "planners" can't get out there and perform, they should take a few lessons from the news and pther media correspondents. Over and over it takes these correspondents to do the work and take the risks that the "so-called" experts just won't take. It took a correspondent with the australia media to save the little baby found alive in the rubble; the UN leaves Sanjay Gupta alone to take care of the people in the tent while they evacuate doctors that came to help and had just set up a very much needed treatment center. Americans are appalled at this repeatedly stupid and cowardly behavior by the so-called " big planners". As Mr. Honore pointed out these security people are just afraid of these people because these people are poor. I am so ashamed of the UN security people's actions. They are hampering and harming instead of helping and serving. I guess they are just going to wait until enough people are dead, then they won't have to fear so much for their own lives. Why aren't they evacuating the children at the orphanages – oh yeah I guess the children are a security threat to the UN and might loot their supplies –such cowards and silly administrators.

Dodie   January 16th, 2010 1:25 am ET

Ah...... China is very angry with Google

Hazel Levy   January 16th, 2010 1:58 am ET

In all of your coverage I have yet to hear any mention of other countries
involved in the assistance being given to Haiti

Why is this?

A. Smith, Oregon   January 16th, 2010 3:24 am ET

I've very thankful for all the coverage that CNN is providing in the Haitian disaster relief efforts. I sincerely hope the reporters and their support staff in Haiti are given the time and place (Bora-Bora) to unwind after viewing all of the horrors that are in abundance in Haiti during this time of crisis.

The coverage I found on NBC, MSNBC was moderate at best and nearly non-existent on the entertainment turned cartoon network Fox media.

Keep up the good work, I hope CNN allows those teams to unwind and spend sometime with their family's and loved ones when they return before hitting the studio's once again.

Deborah Pickens   January 16th, 2010 3:56 am ET

Thank God for CNN correspondents and other world media correspondents. I am absolutely appalled at the closing of the UN tent hospitals. If they evacuate the doctors, why can't they take the patients in the tent with them? This is Katrina all over. The big players and planners act as if they are afraid of the people. The UN is behaving ridiculously. Maybe it is difficult to distribute the food but Medical care? If Sanjay Gupta can stay in that tent hospital, why couldn't those other doctors stay? Why couldn't the UN just post a few guards around the tents and treat those people? If the big players and the big "planners" can't get out there and perform, they should take a few lessons from the news and other media correspondents. Over and over it takes these correspondents to do the work and take the risks that the "so-called" experts just won't take. It took a correspondent with the Australian media to save the little baby found alive in the rubble; the UN leaves Sanjay Gupta alone to take care of the people in the tent while they evacuate doctors that came to help and had just set up a very much needed treatment center. Americans are appalled at this repeatedly stupid and cowardly behavior by the so-called " big planners". They are moving too slowly – No. They are either not moving at all or undoing the little good that others are doing. As Mr. Honore ( the Katrina military point leader) pointed out these security people are just afraid of these people because these people are poor. I am so ashamed of the UN security people's actions. They are hampering and harming instead of helping and serving. I guess they are just going to wait until enough people are dead, then they won't have to fear so much for their own lives. Why aren't they evacuating the children at the orphanages – oh yeah I guess the children are a security threat to the UN and might loot their supplies –such cowards and silly administrators. In addition, the same goes for the American military presence – You are moving too slowly. Get out there ( even if you have to do it in small measures at first) and do some good. Drop paper flyers, tell the people in their own language, what you are trying to do, World Food Program, tell the people with loudspeaker horns what kind of food you are distributing – how it is good for them and how to read the expiration dates. Come on everyone, get your acts together, give the people hope, let them know what you are doing and actually Do something.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 16th, 2010 4:22 am ET

Shaul Schwarz, a photographer for TIME magazine, said he saw at least two downtown roadblocks in Port au Prince, Haiti formed with the bodies of earthquake victims and rocks. "They are starting to block the roads with bodies, it's getting ugly out there, people are fed up with getting no help,".

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   January 16th, 2010 4:33 am ET

@Ricky January 16th, 2010 12:19 am ET

How'd Haiti become so poor?

@Pat January 16th, 2010 12:25 am ET
Thank you for the enlightenment. What a sad history.

I just hope and pray that the people who are really trying to help ,,,,,,,get through........ and are not stopped by any CORRUPTION!. Internal or otherwise.

For goodness sake this is supposed to be the 21ST CENTURY! – NOT THE DARK AGES. Maybe we haven't come so far after all.

But many blessings to those in their efforts to do their best under the circumstances.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   January 16th, 2010 4:39 am ET

@Dodie January 16th, 2010 1:25 am ET

Ah...... China is very angry with Google
China can do without that kind of thing. Thankyou. Don't want to corrupt the masses.

shirley cedillo   January 16th, 2010 6:03 am ET

This is Katrina all over again. UN is useless abondoning those people in the tents. No one in charge and just I am so mad at those reporters. Katie get out of way and let the people get help.. the Cubans and Venzuelans have more organization. No we have to send over Al and Katie and who else while the people are dying all around them. Jeez

shirley cedillo   January 16th, 2010 6:11 am ET

Deborah Pickens my sentiments exactly. Anyone with any common sense could run this operration but too me the UN is the biggest waste of an organization. Just a waste. that I will remember forever leaving that tent. Shame on you doctors who left.

Eladia Romero   January 16th, 2010 11:52 am ET

I would just like to say that Sanjay Gupta is an Angel from God! I was outraged when I saw how the UN ordered their doctors out of Haiti leaving all of those injured people behind. Dr. Gupta stepped up and helped care for those injured folks. I saw how he also cared for the injured 15 day old baby and it gives me hope that amongst all the devestation I've witnessed in Haiti there are people there who truly care about the people of Haiti and will do whatever possible to help those in need. God Bless Sanjay Gupta and Anderson Cooper and all the others from CNN doing a wonderful job reporting from Haiti.

Dodie   January 16th, 2010 1:27 pm ET

@Jessie from Auckland, NZ

China is angry with Google because Google continues to pilferage their websites, loading them up on Google without the Chinese web author's permission. China views this as a violation of 'their' rights!

A. Smith, Oregon   January 16th, 2010 5:11 pm ET

Bush jr. is making sure the relief funds reach the right people?

What a joke, that war criminal already has much to explain about the $208 Million taxpayer dollars that Bush-Cheney supposedly gave the Haitian people in 2007 for economic relief!

Chris Stelmack   January 16th, 2010 5:20 pm ET

Why do we need Hilary Clinton, Al Sharpton and any other politicians going to Haiti. The cost of sending then and their staff down their, i.e. fuel, security etc. is an unnecessary expense. Let's find a politician who will stand up and say "instead of me going down to Haiti and "grandstand" I'd like to donate the monies direcrly to Haiti. What the heck will Hilary Clinton do – walk around – hold a baby for a photo op – and then walk away. That's not what Haiti needs. Please get after the politicians to act accordingly and quit looking out for their own egos.

ckelly   January 16th, 2010 8:33 pm ET

@ Chris Stelmack: Agreed-with so much confusion on the tarmack and so many soldiers, rescue workers and supplies trying to get in-I certainly hope they came in TOGETHER on a plane bring supplies.

The dying, starving and displaced Haitians can't see the news coverage-but anxious US citizens see it and get comfort-there are over 45,000 Americans in Haiti.

In cases of stories coming out of Canada from Canadian survivors of the quake (being rescued and housed behind embassy gates and flown home by the military )Its a delicate balance for North Americans-

Here in Canada we are hearing stories of Canadians getting to the embassy by tour bus and gates locking behind them while hundreds of desparate, injured and starving people stand and die beyond the gates-pleading for help. The are caught with deeply mixed emotions-

Shock from the earth quake and its devastation. Guilt for surviving and being rescued by virtue of citizenship- and extreme gratitude for being a Canadian citizen. I am sure many Americans, Mexicans, Europeans, South Americans have similar stories.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 16th, 2010 8:58 pm ET

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband have long existing ties with Haiti. She is the highest ranking current politician to visit Haiti since the earthquake. Personally I would have sent VP Joe Biden immediately to Haiti and gotten him out of Washington DC. for a fresh perspective.

As I had echoed two days ago and brought up by Clinton's staff, the available jet fuel there at the Port au Prince airport is running very low making it very difficult to bring in huge heavy lift transport jets that need many ton's of jet fuel to leave the airport and return to their support bases.

It is readily apparent NONE of the Bush-Cheney $208 million taxpayer dollars in economic aid to the Haitian people in 2007 went to purchase any heavy equipment that is critically needed NOW. Crews with multiple heavy bulldozers, front end loaders and a squadron of large dump trucks need to operate 24/7 to clear paths and roads of the huge amounts of concrete rubble to get the jet fuel tankers running to the Port au Prince airport and get the food relief supply trucks running thru-out the capitol and beyond.

As a side note, it was quickly determined air drops of food into the urban areas of Port au Prince was simply going to increase rioting and violence in a food tug a war among the needy, the military is still considering air drops of food into the rural areas also hard hit in Haiti.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   January 17th, 2010 12:36 am ET

@Dodie January 16th, 2010 1:27 pm ET

@Jessie from Auckland, NZ

China is angry with Google because Google continues to pilferage their websites, loading them up on Google without the Chinese web author's permission. China views this as a violation of 'their' rights!

I see. From what I heard I thought it had to do with something like porn sites. OK. Thanks.

Dodie   January 17th, 2010 2:46 am ET

@ Jessie from Auckland, NZ

You are really funny! :~)

Pat   January 17th, 2010 6:57 am ET

If anyone is able to reach someone in authority in Haiti please let them know that a lady by the name of Evelyn Mitty in the area of Casa Del Bello is looking after 150 orphans and does not have any water, food or medical help. Many of the children are badly hurt. Unless help is received very quickly these children will die. Please help!

HECTOR GONZALEZ   January 17th, 2010 9:24 am ET



Tom Leach   January 17th, 2010 8:43 pm ET

Larry, I understand there is a problem getting food, water, medicine to the people. Can the people be lined up and one hand it down one to the other. This is being supervised by the military which is staggered down the line in front of the people? I kept thinking of ways this could be distributed and their need met. Thank you and God Bless you.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 17th, 2010 8:46 pm ET

Reutgers news is reporting: Haitian Thieves being Lynched, executions and mass migrations of Haitian crowds into the rural countrysides in Haiti.

Residents in Port au Prince awoke today to find the bodies of thieves lynched by mobs or shot by men claiming to be plainclothes police. A Reuters journalist saw the smoldering charred body of a man locals said was set ablaze by angry residents who caught him stealing, and two young men lying on the ground with bullet wounds to the head and arms tied behind their backs.

"Haitians are partly taking things into their own hands. There are no jails, the criminals are running free, there are no authorities controlling this," said former Haitian teacher Eddy Toussaint who formed part of a crowd staring at the bodies.

Javier   January 17th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

Mr Larry King,

You asked the question if rescue effors / conditions in Haiti were getting better. Please keep in mind that there are three basic areas that need to be addressed, unfortunately, at the same time.
1. Providing food and basic care to the survivors
2. Clean up the infrastructure so supplies can be moved from point A to point B more efficiently
3. On-going recovery of dead bodies so as to prevent a major epidemic that, potentially, have an impact on the survivors.

This takes time, specially when there's no formal government running this country. I think, in my humble opinion, the progress made so far has been tremendous

BTW, English is my 2nd language

Charmant Theodore   January 18th, 2010 1:23 am ET


A word of advice to the Reporters on location that could help the rescue efforts: crowds tend to be much louder in Haiti in normal times and even more so with the severe challenge they face. Perhaps News reporters could help people understand how to quiet down near search sites. That may allow Rescuers to listen for trapped victims.

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