|Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 62):|
Just wondering, who co-ordinates who sends what and the administration of all this relief to make sure resources are maximized?
Unfortunately no one.
Each nation refuses to be subordinate to another nation. To have any certain nation placed in charge of the relief efforts would mean several other nations would refuse to cooperate.
The same turf battles exist - maybe even more intensity - among the various charity and aid organizations. Each is certain of their own expertise and skills. None are willing to work under the overall leadership/ guidance of another agency.
The UN organization in Haiti is too small and without the expertise to do the job.
Also the UN group has suffered several key casualties. I understand Brazilian military members were killed and some from another nation on the security team.
Haiti apparently has no one with the level of experience to handle such a job. Not a criticism of anyone in Haiti - but this is on a level much greater than anything they, and most nations, have ever seen.
The deputy commander of the United States Southern Command was in Haiti and has provided extensive information to SOCOM, however, the United States efforts are not being done by the US military, but by the US Agency for International Development. The ATC teams alerted and ready to travel last night were delayed until 'experts' from Washington could be prepared and briefed. The emergency teams set to launch last night are still sitting at their bases in the US waiting for permission from the AID team.
I'm sure those people have good credentials - but they don't spend their professional careers working on how to get massive amounts of the right materials into a 'hostile' environment quickly.
Every administration we have had - Republican or Democrat - makes the same decision - to hamstring the military professionals until civilian leadership can be brought up to speed.
The military forces of several nations have people skilled in logistics planning and expertise. Those would be the best to place in charge of such an operation.
This is the sad side of disaster relief. It happens every time.
We certainly have our own problems in the US where city, county and state officials refuse to allow FEMA or the US military to enter their area. When the civilian officials must approve every action of the professionals.
Even the governor of the State of Texas is unable to ensure a coordinated evacuation and rescue effort - when local officials refuse to respond to his requests, and actively battle in the legislature to prevent the state government from being able to overrule local decisions.