Embarrassed to be an American - AGAIN !

  1. It was on the news at noon about the International Aid Fund that is being organized for the survivors of the """worst natural disaster in the history of
    the world."""

    Colin Powell was on.
    It was noted by Mr. Powell that it will take BILLIONS to aid the survivors.

    Billions of dollars. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    And, Mr. Powell said:

    The United States pledged 15
    fifteen million dollars today.

    Aren't we spending 4 billion dollars a month so the Iraqi's can vote?

    They estimate over 150 million people are without water, shelter, food,
    health services. Right now, today.

    And Powell said the U.S. is pledging 15 mil.
  2. 133 Comments

  3. by   dphrn
    I have faith that we will end up giving a lot more than 15 million before all is said and done. I believe our country will give and keep giving in many different ways throughout this tragedy. I believe the 15 million is just the beginning of the help we will give in this disaster. Please don't be embarrassed of our great country!
  4. by   Nightcrawler
    I knew that we weren't planning on helping in any real way on the day that it happened when the President said that the US will do all that is "appropriate" to help the affected countries in their time of need.
  5. by   memphispanda
    I am sorry, and I am sure I will be flamed or worse for saying this HOWEVER
    If you are embarassed to be an American then DO NOT be one. Leave. Go to Canada. Whatever.

    At the time that statement was made the full extent of the disaster was not known. The figure we are contributing has already been upped to $35 million. There are also countless non-government agencies contributing to relief efforts.
  6. by   Euskadi1946
    This horrible disaster in South Asia which is the "worst natural disaster in world history" has me thinking that maybe the end of days is not too far off. Alot of the horrible things that have happened in the past few years were predicted in the Bible. But then, it's JMHO. Hopefully not, my daughter is due to have her second baby next month and I would hope to dance at both of my grandsons' weddings.
  7. by   Q.
    [QUOTE=There are also countless non-government agencies contributing to relief efforts.[/QUOTE]
    Oh but that doesn't count, remember?
  8. by   pickledpepperRN
  9. by   Roy Fokker
    Sheesh! Y'all!

    There's enough grief all around without us adding some more to it!
  10. by   CHATSDALE
    I know that we ALWAYS do the lion's share in cases like this...but i will have to agree with the panda...tryh living in france or germany i think you will wish you were back in the USA

    this is a horrific occurance...i hope that we can be there for those who lost so much..

    and i really admire colin powell..i think he has worked very hard through out his career to serve America in his different jobs...
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Sheesh! Y'all!

    There's enough grief all around without us adding some more to it!
    Isn't THAT the truth!:stone
  12. by   mercyteapot
    I will never forget a meeting I was at shortly after 9/11. A colleague brought in an editorial that had run in a Romanian newspaper and was reprinted in the New York Times. The Bucharest journalist wrote that he had never seen anything like the effort of the Americans in providing aid to the victims of that disaster. Not our government's assistance, but that of private citizens. I think that as individual citizens, we step up in a way that is unequaled. If you must be ashamed of someone, be ashamed of our government, not our country!
  13. by   gwenith
    This bickering about not enough vs too much aid is disheartening. Whatever we can give will barely be enough to cover the tragedy.
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    oh goooood grief.