US takes hit for slow response to tsunami

Although the scope of the Asian tsunami was initially hard to gauge, the slow response from the Bush administration did little to help its tarnished image in South Asia.

Although the scope of the Asian tsunami was initially hard to gauge, the slow response from the Bush administration did little to help its tarnished image in South Asia.

Only after three days did the President interrupt his vacation to make a personal statement and announce plans for a US delegation to visit the area. The US was not the only rich nation criticized and eventually the US donation grew to a size that was better able to address the emergency situation. Most frequent messages 1. Colin Powell and Jeb Bush will head US delegation 2. President Bush was slow to make a personal statement 3. UN complained of "stingy" Western donors 4. US pledges of aid were slow 5. The web has been instrumental in securing donations Based on 30 newspaper editorials and columns appearing between Dec. 30, 2004 and Jan. 1, 2005 Evaluation and analysis by Delahaye, a division of Bacon's Information

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