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Rangoon, Louisiana

May 6, 2008 - Paul Giannamore
"Let the U.S. come and help you."

Those were the words of President bush to the military junta running Myanmar (Burma to those of us who are geographically stuck in junior high school in the 1970s).

"We already know that they are very inept."

Those were the words of Laura Bush in criticizing the military junta running Myanmar for not accepting aid from outside following a devastating cyclone.

Normally, it'd be easy to agree that the U.S. has a moral high road upon which to stand.


Except somewhere burned into our collective brains are the scenes of people in New Orleans after the Hurricane Katrina floods, waiting days for help to come from our own government, despite no junta telling outsiders to stay the heck out of a major American city.

It could be said that we already know "they," meaning "us" are inept.

I continue to be amazed that we live in a nation quick to offer aid to others while being incapable at times of helping itself.

Oh, yeah, and we're planning billions of dollars in aid for Baghdad revitalization to make the Iraqi capital into a Middle East garden tourist trap.

Anyone been downtown in any city in our region lately?

Who is inept?


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