'Not enough' troops, equipment in Puerto Rico, says general in charge of relief

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    Well at least more help is coming soon. This seems to contradict what a lot of people are saying though, which is that we were as prepared as we could have been. We had a bigger and quicker response to the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Haiti is not part of the United States and we obviously had no advance warning of the earthquake, unlike the hurricane that ravaged Puerto Rico.

    'Not enough' troops, equipment in Puerto Rico, says general in charge of relief

    The Defense Department has not sent enough troops and vehicles to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico but will soon send more, according to the three-star general newly in charge of coordinating the military response.

    Army Lt. Gen. Jeff Buchanan said Friday morning that the Pentagon has 10,000 people helping with the response after Hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped through Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands earlier this month.

    "We're certainly bringing in more [troops]," Buchanan said on CNN's "New Day."

    "For example, on the military side, we're bringing in both Air Force, Navy, and Army medical capabilities in addition to aircraft, more helicopters. ... [But] it's not enough, and we're bringing more in."
     
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    Helping brown people is more work
     
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    Maybe the Ricans should consider statehood for more help..
     
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    Haiti is not a state and their natural disaster had no advance warning. Why did we have a significantly better disaster response for a different country in the same part of the world? Puerto Ricans are citizens.
     
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    Ya, and Haiti is doing great today
     
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    We have been involved with Haiti since George Washington...The Haiti earthquake didn't happen after two major hurricanes hit the US...
     
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    How is this relevant? The size and speed of our effort to help another country was significantly greater than the effort to help American citizens. Why?
     
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    About 17 years ago Marxist Puerto Rican activists managed to get the government to kick the U.S. Marines out of a base on Vieques that they had been using for 60 years. Wouldn't it have been nice if the Marines were still around with helicopters, amphibious vehicles and manpower? I haven't heard them apologize.
     
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    So what about my question though? Why a bigger and quicker response for people that are not U.S citizens?
     
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    Prove it was quicker......and we werent dealing with with threes disasters at once
     
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