We are now accepting foreign aid

Now we know how Third World countries feel.  We should be grateful, though isn’t it kind of humiliating, a sign of our decline in the world?

US accepts international assistance for Gulf spill – Yahoo! Finance.

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  • Joe

    The bigger question is why did we wait this long to accept it. As I understand it we are taking “aid” in the form of extra skimmer vessels. etc. similar if not identical to what the Dutch offered on day one of the spill.

    We can worry about our pride after we clean up the mess.

  • Joe

    The bigger question is why did we wait this long to accept it. As I understand it we are taking “aid” in the form of extra skimmer vessels. etc. similar if not identical to what the Dutch offered on day one of the spill.

    We can worry about our pride after we clean up the mess.

  • Steven Peterson

    My guess would be that the problem of why we have to accept this as “aid” is in order to circumvent restrictions imposed on foreign vessels operating in US territorial waters under provisions of the Jones Act. This has probably prevented BP from bringing in private-sector foreign vessels and contractors who may have the expertise required to cap the leak.

  • Steven Peterson

    My guess would be that the problem of why we have to accept this as “aid” is in order to circumvent restrictions imposed on foreign vessels operating in US territorial waters under provisions of the Jones Act. This has probably prevented BP from bringing in private-sector foreign vessels and contractors who may have the expertise required to cap the leak.

  • Kirk

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t this one of the conservative criticisms of Obama’s handling of the spill, that he was refusing international assistance? I seem to remember seeing Palin on CNN complaining that the Dutch had been turned away.

    I think it’s fine to accept another country’s expertise in this respect. Thankfully, disasters like this are rare enough that we don’t have fleets of vessels standing by to slurp oil out of the ocean. We simply don’t have the infrastructure to handle it. If we don’t want to spill to get more out of hand than it already is, then we should certainly accept foreign assistance. Less oil in the water is never a bad thing.

  • Kirk

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t this one of the conservative criticisms of Obama’s handling of the spill, that he was refusing international assistance? I seem to remember seeing Palin on CNN complaining that the Dutch had been turned away.

    I think it’s fine to accept another country’s expertise in this respect. Thankfully, disasters like this are rare enough that we don’t have fleets of vessels standing by to slurp oil out of the ocean. We simply don’t have the infrastructure to handle it. If we don’t want to spill to get more out of hand than it already is, then we should certainly accept foreign assistance. Less oil in the water is never a bad thing.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    Didn’t we get some help when 9/11 occurred, too, and during the Hurricane Katrina fiasco?

    Odd how we started to need help from foreign nations dealing with our disasters just as we really started giving power, authority, and funding to FEMA. Doesn’t seem like it’s tax money well spent, to put it mildly.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    Didn’t we get some help when 9/11 occurred, too, and during the Hurricane Katrina fiasco?

    Odd how we started to need help from foreign nations dealing with our disasters just as we really started giving power, authority, and funding to FEMA. Doesn’t seem like it’s tax money well spent, to put it mildly.

  • fws

    what an odd concern. that accepting help somehow diminishes us. The Old Adam rages doesn´t he?

  • fws

    what an odd concern. that accepting help somehow diminishes us. The Old Adam rages doesn´t he?

  • Cincinnatus

    I see no reason to reject international aid. Our own bureaucracy can’t seem to cut through its own red tape, after all.

    On the other hand, fws, a nation’s inability to handle its own problems is, by definition, a sign of weakness, and perhaps a signal that the Empire is decaying in the midst of its own metropole. This “feeling of weakness” has nothing to do with Old/New Adam concerns, as we’re not talking about the Christian principle that Christian individuals should aid and accept aid from one another. To equate a nation-state with the individual is a fallacy that, at this point in our history, is becoming quite boring and old.

  • Cincinnatus

    I see no reason to reject international aid. Our own bureaucracy can’t seem to cut through its own red tape, after all.

    On the other hand, fws, a nation’s inability to handle its own problems is, by definition, a sign of weakness, and perhaps a signal that the Empire is decaying in the midst of its own metropole. This “feeling of weakness” has nothing to do with Old/New Adam concerns, as we’re not talking about the Christian principle that Christian individuals should aid and accept aid from one another. To equate a nation-state with the individual is a fallacy that, at this point in our history, is becoming quite boring and old.

  • Brenda

    I thought the Jones Act dealt with labor unions… and whether the foreign workers were covered by a union. Obama being in labor’s hind pocket, he wouldn’t want such people working on our disasters…

    All our local,state, national response agencies are tripping overeach others efforts and prohibiting any meaningful recovery.
    God help us.

  • Brenda

    I thought the Jones Act dealt with labor unions… and whether the foreign workers were covered by a union. Obama being in labor’s hind pocket, he wouldn’t want such people working on our disasters…

    All our local,state, national response agencies are tripping overeach others efforts and prohibiting any meaningful recovery.
    God help us.


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