I've been listening to the reports about the amount of money that the US has pledged to the victims of the sunamis. It certainly is a trajic loss of life and property. I mean no disrespect to anyone closely affected. However, I do not agree that the US has to go further into debt in order to prove who can piss the farthest. The rhetoric being leveled at the US is clearly ill spirited. The US is spending way too much as it is on Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. The fate of the US dollar is looking dim as it is, while the same countries that point the finger at the United States as being "stingy" are actualy trying to put the pork to the US in the back door. :blah2: Take $350 million in cash donations, and add in sending troops and equipment to the region. What are the real costs to deliver the services to the US taxpayer??? A hell of a lot more than a billion bucks!!!!! See the blackhawks flying in med supplies today on TV?? Wonder how much it cost to crew, support, and fly just one of these choppers 350 nautical miles???? The United Nutcases argument about the US being cheap is not only nonsense, but another reason why the whole notion about a UN is BS..And, not to say that the US hasn't used the UN to its own advantage when it could as well.. Screw it. China has more money than the US. Let them flip the tab to make things right in the damaged area. If I caught the chart correctly on CNN, China was dead last on the list of contributers to the relief effort. Yet, as I have said numerous times on this BBS,,, the majority of products sitting on US retailer's shelves are marked "made in China".