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  • The U.S. doesn’t do enough for Haiti? Check out the other U.N. Member States

    Earlier this week, Tom Miller, president and CEO of the United Nations Association of the United States, told the Westport Rotary Club that “as the richest nation in the world, the United States could do more for Haitian earthquake victims.” Considering Mr. Miller’s position, perhaps it would be instructive to contrast the U.S. contribution and support for Haiti to that of the other members of the U.N.

    Claudia Rosett does just that in her Forbes.com column today where she observes:

    … the United Nations’ ReliefWeb database showed contributions from the U.S. government (a.k.a. U.S. taxpayers) worth $90 million, or 44% of the grand total pledged.

    That’s just a fraction of the real U.S. contributions, which include millions in private donations plus a huge relief operation by the U.S. military. America has been sending ships, air-dropping rations and pouring in thousands of troops to open relief corridors and provide security. All this is politely styled as backup to a U.N. effort, which is in reality propped up by the U.S.

    The U.S. is also either the top donor or among the largest to most of the multilateral operations now focused on Haiti. These include not only the U.N., with its array of agencies, but also the World Bank and the International Committee of the Red Cross….

    Just behind the U.S. in contributions to the U.N.’s Haiti appeal is a roster of Western democracies, starting with France (12.7% of the total pledged to date), Sweden (7.4%), Spain (3.5%), Germany (2.8%), Brazil (2.6%), Australia, Finland, Canada, Italy, Denmark …

    She goes on to note the paltry donations of the oil-rich Middle Eastern countries, but the main point that Mr. Miller should glean is that the U.N. and the world are lucky that America is ready and willing to act and financially support efforts to address crises like that in Haiti. There doesn’t seem to be a long queue of countries ready to take our place as the world’s most generous and effective humanitarian.

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    14 Responses to The U.S. doesn’t do enough for Haiti? Check out the other U.N. Member States

    1. Monica, California says:

      I am astonished at the hostility of some towards the U.S. effort in Haiti. An airport that handled no more than 30 flights before the earthquake and suffered immense damage in the quake is now supposed to instantly land thousands of aid flights, unload the cargoes in lightning speed, and get every single thing perfect or it's some kind of international incident? Perhaps in this instant information world people feel that aid comes just as instantly and without mistakes being made. Only in the movies. Good luck to the U.N. and all those helping the relief effort. Thank you to our troops who seldom get the credit they deserve. Shame on those who only think to complain.

    2. Bobbie Jay says:

      What's voodoo Haiti doing for themselves?

    3. floria china says:

      it is a big disaster,we can do as much as we can ,i think.

      best wish for them

      mbt

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    4. Ann, Omaha, NE says:

      I hate to break to Mr.Miller, but the U.S. is BROKE! We are the richest nation based on our people, our spirit, our freedom, and as individuals we may be rich, but the government is BROKE! As usual, the great bit hearts and the deep pockets of Americans are disparaged, no one gives as much money to disasters as we do. In my opinion, the President should not have pledged the $100 million, he should have left it up to private citizens and corporations to cover it, and donate the time of our great military.

      I hate to point it out, but the U.N. is not unknown for corruption, and bribery.

    5. Steven Bellevue, Neb says:

      I for one am sick of the entire world picking on American tax payers they are nothing short of arrogant self serving brats! Where are the African countries such as South Africa when it comes to people of color and disasters? Where are the countries in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia preaching Islam as the religion of peace yet they seldom help others in times of trouble? Most countries and many leftist in America are nothing but pure hypocrites!

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    7. Mari Perez, Miami, F says:

      And I'm Proud to be an American…

    8. nobody, cali says:

      a shame to be am AMERICAN

    9. Mary, Minnesota says:

      No one on this earth gives more than the American people, through our taxes, charity, and personal, physical sacrifices. The U.N. is corrupt, dispicable, and self-serving and should be disbanded. The $100 million dollars the president pledged from us should be diverted from what we pay to the U.N. to live in luxury on our soil.

    10. Jeff, New Jersey says:

      If Mr. Miller is an American, perhaps he should consider taking his business to another country and see what kind of support he can raise there. I am so sick of these mealy mouthed whiny liberals who have nothing better to do than to bad mouth America and it proud citizens.

      Does he not realize that not only is the government sending OUR money over there, and that in spite of that, there is millions of dollars in private donations and aid being raised and sent over there? How much has Mr Miller's company donated to Haiti's relief effort? Which actually brings up another point? What in the world is the United Nations Association of the United States and what in the world do they do? Sounds to me like just another liberal organization that mooches off the public dole in the name of doing something that makes us "feel good."

    11. Alan Vella says:

      I think that Mr. Miller should be fired as CEO and Pres. of the U.N,Assoc of the U.S,It is a shame that a man who is supposed to be smart is so stupid and uses his right of the first amendment to KNOCK the country that gave him this freedom.

      Let him go back and figure out how much the USA has given to the countries of the world since 1945.Rebuilding the war torn countries, aid in disasters, medicine, materials, allsorts of help. What is it costing .besides the $90 million

      in aid to have the supplies, troops , ships, planes etc.in HAIT???

    12. Debbie says:

      This is a great country, in spite of what Obama says about us. I know people who are laid off and in this Obama created recession, who opened their wallets to help the people of Haiti. Businesses such as Caterpillar Incorporated are sending powerful earthmoving equipment to help with reconstruction. I know that the IDFs medical and rescue teams, as well as other Israeli medical and aid organizations, have done a fantastic job in the wake of this terrible earthquake that killed over 100,000 Haitians. The Israeli;s efforts were hailed as Magnificent.

    13. Leigh Westraad, Myrt says:

      Most people I know donated to Haitian relief through orgnizations such as Compassion International. I don't know anyone who trusts the government run Red Cross or secular organizations with their relief money. I wish the United States would withdraw from the UN, and stop giving money worldwide for just a few months…just to give the world a wake up call. The U.S. is th babysitter of the world, and I as a taxpayer am sick of it.

    14. melanie bauzon says:

      ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THAT THE U.S. AND FRENCH WHO FORCED HAITI TO PAY A DEBT TO BE RECOGNIZED THEIR INDEPENDENCE SINCE THEY WON IT OVER FRANCE ANYWHO WE SHOULD PRIORITIZE HAITI AS A COUNTRY TO ASSIST FOR THE SIMPLE FACT THAT THE US DEHUMANIZED THIS COUNTRY OPPRESSED THE HAITIAN PEOPLE WITH VIOLENCE, DICTATORSHIP, CORRUPTION, AND SO FORTH. HAITI HAS HELPED OUR COUNTRY FLOURISH! PEOPLE READ ON SOME HISTORY BEFORE YOU START OPENING YOUR MOUTHS. WHOEVER BELIEVES THE US AID IS ENOUGH ITS NOT! COMPARED TO THE AMOUNT OF RUINING THE US HAS DONE. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE BEST ORGANIZATION TO DONATE TO HAITI, THE WHAT IF? FOUNDATION. A NON PROFIT YOU CAN TRUST PLEASE VISIT http://WWW.WHATIFFOUNDATION.ORG. MEET THE FOUNDER SPECTACULAR WOMAN I TELL YA

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