Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Lebanon to Cyprus, no charge

Condi decided to change the rules last night and now US citizens evacuated from Lebanon will not be charged for their trip as far as Cyprus, but from there it seems they’re on their own. Imagine thousands of people trying to book passage out of Cyprus by air and by sea. This has misery written all over it because these people have been living in fear for a week and now they must face this new daunting task.

To answer a question posed yesterday about how other countries are managing their own evacuations;

“The U.S. military does not charge for evacuations. Nor do the governments of France, Ireland, Britain and Italy, which already have ferried hundreds of their citizens out of Lebanon.”
CNN.com

20 Comments:

Blogger spadoman said...

I must say it's good to be back in town, but the task of catching up in blogworld is overwhelming. Having been away from the computer and other media for a time was wonderful, but none of the bullshit went anywhere, there's just more bullshit from Bu$hCo.

He'll just let it all go up in flames it seems, as his richness will hide him from the truth forever. Never thought "Let My People Go" would be needed for ALL Americans, but that's the plight we're in until this administration is out.

I haven't read enough about what Isreal is doing to Lebanon to figure the whole thing out. I'll be busy for a few days.
Thanks PoP.

July 19, 2006 4:35 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

i guess the msm scrutiny made the greedy hounds heel- at least as far as cyprus. guess that's one way to keep your citizens at home- start a war and refuse to help them get out of the area. i have a feeling i know how at least 25,000 people are going to vote after this.

July 19, 2006 7:05 AM  
Blogger Chancelucky said...

IT's interesting to compare US planning for its citizens in Lebanon to US planning for those in the wake of Katrina last year.

July 19, 2006 11:57 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

PoP,
I'm not as concerned with the charge to ferry them to Cyprus as I am the delay in getting that organized. Maybe there's a good reason, for instance "It's very difficult to move 25,000 people who are on the other side of the Atlantic from one place to another."

chance,
The difference between Beirut and New Orleans is that there is no Ray Nagin for Cumya to blame, hence, the arrival of ships to evacuate our citizens.

July 19, 2006 12:21 PM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Patricia,

The Katrinacrat done went and done it again. Another post and another shot across the bow. I told everyone I was not playing.

I have not yet begun to post for peace. Somebody made a mistake and let this Marine out his cage.

July 19, 2006 3:24 PM  
Blogger glenda said...

Condi is playing politics with people's lives, always.

July 19, 2006 4:22 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Those people should have been pulled out at the first hint of trouble. This government's inaction is totally inexcusable.

July 19, 2006 4:33 PM  
Blogger Trial.Lawyer.Richard said...

This gives new meaning to "charge of the light brigade."

Rich

July 19, 2006 5:24 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

I see a great similarity between Katrina and Lebanon. People, of their own free will, chose to place themselves in a dangerous situtation, and then expect someone else to bear the load of their salvation.

We are getting them out, but it takes time. Our military was occupied with other things than sitting off the coast of Lebanon waiting for people to need saved.

July 19, 2006 5:53 PM  
Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

LOL! With Kartina the Bush administration had no competition. Even if they bungled it there was no standard. But now the whole world sees just how fucking slow the Bushboys are! Yesterdayd I that 500,000 Lebanese had managed to make it out of the country. Lebanese: 500,000. Americans: 236. Fairly lopsided score there. And let's not even talk about the Norwegians...

July 19, 2006 7:09 PM  
Blogger Rory Shock said...

this administration is of little or no help to most human beings ... gonna say again what john prine said about w: some humans ain't human

July 19, 2006 7:17 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

my thought is- if the european contingent had little to no problem evacuating their people and some of our people- see the news on britain, france and italy- i am not seeing the delay here. there is no excuse and fyi- needing a week or more to get a plan together is inexcusable. there should be a plan in place already- or perhaps they have been too much time 'planning' the syrian and iranian invasions.

July 19, 2006 8:03 PM  
Blogger DA said...

I believe our Dutch people were evacuated within 48 hours by bus to Syria but then we are not at war with more then half of the world.

(btw thx for your wonderful words:-)

July 20, 2006 1:35 AM  
Blogger Sothis said...

All I can hope is that Americans remember all these things when they go to the polls--and finally vote these bastards out of office.

July 20, 2006 3:13 AM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

I heard a guy on NPR talking about how the Cyprun athrorities were having trouble with the Brits, his folks, not wanting to leave once they got there. It's Holiday season, so the weather's perfect.

{shakin'head`}

July 20, 2006 3:29 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

What makes this situation odd is that if these same people had been kidnapped and taken to Cyprus there would have been an outcry to get them home and war would have then been declared on Cyprus.

Also, if the people who are in Cyprus were kidnapped and happened to be blond and beautiful, well Fox would have been all over it.

July 20, 2006 7:24 PM  
Blogger Zee said...

I'm not going to Google the facts because I haven't got the patience to do so right now, instead I'm using my flimsy brain cells or what is left of them...
Isn't it so that Lebanon had about 3 to 4 million people before the grand exodus and is about the size of Massachusetts?
OK ... roughly...
So close to a million Lebanese from the south moved elsewhere, and thousands of foreigners get shipped away?
I just try to imagine this graphically, and somehow the picture is overwhelming.

July 20, 2006 10:56 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

I posted a little something tonight from another blog that addresses the slowness of the administration to get their own tax payers out of harms way.

July 21, 2006 2:17 AM  
Anonymous karena said...

How ridiculous. I guess Condi is afraid if we pay to get them out of harms way while she fans the war flames, some of them will misuse the funds and go to a titty bar or something.

The Europeans and Canadians were physically moving folks while the U.S. was dicking around asking for credit card numbers.

July 21, 2006 2:01 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

I have to admit i was a bit concerned by this at the time - I was in holiday in Cyprus (Staying Here) when this all kicked off and I had images of the airports being manic! Fortunately things seemed to be fairly well organised!

September 08, 2006 1:58 AM  

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