UPDATE: Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief: Waiting for a Leader
(original Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief: Waiting for a Leader)
Well, this article in the WaPo, Aid Offers Will Be Accepted From Countries seems to confirm what I supposed earlier about turning down international aided because it contradicts the general attitudes of the Bush administration, the GOP leadership and Fox News regarding the UN as an ineffective body while the Untied States is always helping other countries, but never receives help in return.
Boats, aircraft, tents, blankets, generators, cash assistance and medical teams have been offered to the U.S. government in Washington or in embassies overseas.
Offers have been received from Russia, Japan, Canada, France, Honduras, Germany, Venezuela, Jamaica, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, China, South Korea, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, NATO and the Organization of American States, the spokesman said.
Still, Bush told ABC-TV: "I'm not expecting much from foreign nations because we hadn't asked for it. I do expect a lot of sympathy and perhaps some will send cash dollars. But this country's going to rise up and take care of it."
"You know," he said, "we would love help, but we're going to take care of our own business as well, and there's no doubt in my mind we'll succeed. And there's no doubt in my mind, as I sit here talking to you, that New Orleans is going to rise up again as a great city."