three thoughts before i post these articles and update this... -i'm sorry my carrier force couldn't respond to this, we have one last week before we commence sea trials and apparently the ship had some critical maintenence to undergo this week before it was sea-worthy. we're supposed to be out to sea in mid-january for official sea trials, perhaps there's a chance we can deploy in that direction (indian/southern pacific) and offer some assistance, but i doubt it. i think after the initial two weeks aftermath, we're going to be fighting starvation and disease more than anything else. - the INITIAL US RESPONSE sucked ass. somebody dropped the ball and wasn't advising pres. bush very well. in a region where US influence is waning because china is buying everyone off and broadcasting anti-US/negative US viewpoints in the media, this was a perfect chance for the US to grab this motherfucker by the balls from the very beginning and let it be known the US was going to do EVERYTHING in its power to help. Goodwill helps a lot, people in Germany, Afghanistan, Iran, Panama, etc etc, they remember the kindness and assistance from America. We had a chance here to play hardball with China and make ourselves look good, and we missed it. Again, not Pres. Bush's fault, not Rumfield's fault, not America's fault, it was just a critical error in judgement. WE'RE DOING A WHOLE LOT FOR THEM NOW, BUT WE MISSED A WINDOW AND DIDN'T LEAD THE WAY WE SHOULD HAVE. The Europeans stole our thunder and the Chinese and their UN allies spent Saturday night, Sunday and Monday reminding everyone of it. - Thank you all for your prayers and donations, I'm hearing very positive things about the American people from Thai, Indonesian and Indian people here in Japan. They are very, very grateful.