Saturday, January 16, 2010
Unless she plans to personally handout water, food, and medicine, please tell why Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveling to the earthquake-ravaged city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti? I realize the Clintons never miss a chance for a photo-op but Hillary, please. The Port-au-Prince airport only has one runway and limited tarmac space to park twelve airplanes.
The massive 7.0 earthquake in Haiti crushed the country’s fragile infrastructure for health care and clean water and may trigger widespread outbreaks of life-threatening diseases like diarrhea, cholera and E. coli, measles and malaria. Access to clean water, antibiotics and basic health supplies are top concerns, and recovery operations are already hampered by limited space at the airport.
At this critical point in the emergency response effort, what purpose is served by tying up one of the twelve airport tarmac spaces for Hillary Clinton’s airplane other than to provide the Secretary of State with much needed facetime? Sorry Hillary, but you need to remain in Washington DC and out of the way of the military and relief agencies.
Editor Update: Apparently, Hillary Clinton felt the heat for using Haiti as just another photo-op. At the 11th hour, she switched from jetting to Port-au-Prince in a Federal government 757 and arrived in a military cargo plane carrying relief supplies. We need to always be vigilant and pressure these politicians to keep them honest and accountable.