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Is the US too overstretched to be helping other countries?

Yes. We helped out enough. Chile should expect help from someone else. Sorry.

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:09 PM on Mar. 1, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • We need to focus on what OUR people need. My heart goes out to the Earthquake victims of course, but we're knee deep in shit ourselves and we need to work on getting out of it.

    Answer by Imogine at 4:10 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • If the money's there, obviously not. \
    The people who want to give should do so. Others can hold onto theirs.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:12 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • YES!

    And just think, we are sending all our emergency rations to HAITI and what happens if we have a problem here?
    We are already overburdened with the Snow crisis this year. We need to take care of US so we CAN help THEM!

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:17 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • Some guy on CNN just called in and said he's not even getting financial assistance from the government and he's been out of work for a year now. Can't find work. Lost his house and has nothing. He tried getting assistance but they told him he had to be so far behind before they can help him and by then he foreclosed on his house. So...why is he government helping other countries when they don't even help their own citizens?

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:17 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • We got plenty of help from other countries after Katrina. Why should we NOT help out other countries?

    Answer by AprilDJC at 4:18 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • Over stretched? Honey we ahve already popped. Every penny we spend is borrowed these days.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 4:18 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • Let's see...we helped Hati, we helped Tsunami victims, who helps us?

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:20 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • We need to look at OUR people and our need first. I know that is "selfish" but what happens if we have some big natural disaster, are in a ton of debt, and no one helps us? It would be another story if we weren't in debt or didn't have that much accumulated. The US might as well be owned by some other country at this point.

    Answer by missbreezy214 at 4:33 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • There were PLENTY of other countries that offered help and aid to us after Katrina. Whether we accepted that help or not was a decision our president made. Here is what I found about it:

    But Cuban President Fidel Castro said he hoped an offer made Tuesday to send 1,100 Cuban doctors would be accepted “immediately so as not to lose another minute.” Castro said in a live broadcast Friday night that he had just sent a diplomatic note to the U.S. mission in Havana to make the offer a second time.

    Australia announced a donation of $8 million to the American Red Cross. “The United States is so often at the forefront of international aid efforts to help less fortunate nations,” Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said. “So it is only fitting that Australia should contribute to the daunting task of helping the thousands of American citizens whose lives have been thrown into turmoil by this unprecedented disaster.”

    Answer by AprilDJC at 4:54 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • France, “determined to show its solidarity with the United States,” offered a range of aircraft and two ships, with helicopters and planes capable of airlifting tons of supplies, a disaster unit with 20 soldiers, a civil defense detachment of 35 people and an airborne emergency unit, the French Embassy said.

    Canada is loading three warships and a coast guard vessel in Halifax with emergency supplies and food, and will dispatch them to Louisiana next Tuesday, Dan McTeague, parliamentary secretary to Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew, said in an interview. Up to 1,000 divers, engineers and reconstruction experts will be aboard, McTeague said. Prime Minister Paul Martin has announced the release of 30,000 barrels of gasoline and oil for U.S. use.


    Answer by AprilDJC at 4:55 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

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