Thomas Wictor @ThomasWictor (shared with written permission)
Let’s neutralize Operation Katrina, the disinformation blitz that the press and the Democrats are running. The press remembers the good ol’ days of Hurricane Katrina and the false narratives that they created. Won’t work this time.
President Donald Trump launched an attack on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Saturday for criticizing the White House’s hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, accusing her of “poor leadership” and suggesting that the island’s residents are not doing enough to help themselves.
A mountain of food, water and other vital supplies has arrived in Puerto Rico’s main Port of San Juan.
“We need to do a lot more in order for us to get out of the emergency,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said in San Juan. “But the other thing that’s also true is that the administration has answered and has complied with our petitions in an expedited manner.”
“The federal government is fulfilling his every request.”
Puerto Rico went bankrupt in May of 2017.
The United States had already seen its share of disasters, from back-to-back hurricanes that devastated Texas, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands to roaring wildfires in the West.
Then, after battering the rest of the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico facing a humanitarian crisis. About a dozen people died in the Sept. 21 storm and the island was plunged into darkness.
Now, some 3.4 million Puerto Ricans – which is to say, 3.4 million American citizens – are confronting life without electricity, gas, cellular service and, in many cases, a home.
After a decade of fiscal decline and a May 2017 bankruptcy, Puerto Rico has become exceptionally vulnerable to disasters like Maria. As both a policy analyst and the daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants, I’m concerned about how austerity-related reforms are now threatening the survival of not just my family there but everyone on the island. Though food insecurity, poor health care and resource-starved public transit all predate the hurricane, the result of both damaging U.S. policy and deepening financial crisis, these three problems will dramatically complicate Puerto Rico’s recover.
“Food insecurity, poor health care, and resource-starved public transit all predate the hurricane.”
“This is the U.S. territory’s second food shortage in recent years.”
“When a Puerto Rico-bound cargo vessel, El Faro, sank during Hurricane Joaquin in 2015, residents spent months in strife…”
“As the government struggled to develop a plan that ensured everyone had enough to eat.”
Who was mayor of San Juan in 2015? Why, none other than Carmen Yulín Cruz! Did she bitch about OBAMA’S response to the hurricane-induced food shortage of 2015? Don’t make me laugh. “Never let a crisis go to waste.” Carmen Yulín Cruz is a cheap opportunist. Not only THAT, she’s using the hurricane to cover Puerto Rico’s own dysfunctions.
A question for EVERY SINGLE PERSON who’s criticizing the US effort help Puerto Rico: What do you want us to do? If Puerto Rico has no ability to distribute aid, what are WE supposed to do? CREATE A TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE? Fine. Give us TEN YEARS, and we’ll do it. We’ll build the infrastructure that Puerto Rico DIDN’T EVEN HAVE before the hurricanes.
Puerto Rico may not get power for another 6 months — here’s a look at the hurricane’s devastating effects
Puerto Rico is still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria that left 3.5 million people without power.
Hurricane Irma, which hit Puerto Rico earlier this month, left one million Puerto Ricans without power. The island was still recovering from the storm’s aftermath when Hurricane Maria hit, crippling the entire island’s electrical infrastructure.
Here’s what you need to know:
Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure was in need of repairs and upgrades before the hurricanes hit. PREPA, the island’s electric company, hasn’t had the funds to modernize the grid. Puerto Rico also lacks the number of workers required to make the repairs.
See the pattern? Carmen Yulín Cruz is blaming Trump for Puerto Rico’s self-inflicted problems. Back to the CNN lies. “Trump’s early praise of relief efforts does not appear to match the reality on the ground.” Let’s look at Trump’s comments:
“The electric power grid in Puerto Rico is totally shot. Large numbers of generators are now on Island. Food and water on site.” TRUE
“FEMA & First Responders are doing a GREAT job in Puerto Rico. Massive food & water delivered. Docks & electric grid dead. Locals trying….” TRUE
“Puerto Rico is devastated. Phone system, electric grid many roads, gone. FEMA and First Responders are amazing. Governor said “great job!” TRUE
Puerto Rico is unable to deliver the aid that WE PROVIDED. How is that Trump’s fault? Finally, CNN admits to launching Operation Katrina, and they bring out a man who sold his soul.
Honoré is a jabbering, lying voice from the past. All the words he “doesn’t understand” are in the National Response Framework (NRF). Under the NRF, LOCAL OFFICIALS MUST ASK FOR HELP. So ONCE AGAIN, it goes back to Puerto Rico’s government. As the governor admits. “The federal government is fulfilling his every request.” So piss off, General Honoré, you partisan turd. You’re another disgrace. Identity politics über alles. Screw THAT.