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BUSH Rejects Chávez aid: 18 power gen. plants, 1st aid experts, 50 tons food/20 tons water

An offer of aid from the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, which included two mobile hospital units, 120 rescue and first aid experts, 50 tonnes of food, 10 water purification plants, 18 power generation plants and 20 tonnes of bottled water has been rejected by the US-government, according to the civil rights leader, Jesse Jackson.
The offer was made in a letter from the Venezuelan ambassador to the United States, Bernardo Alvarez, to the governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco.

It was one of many from governments and aid organisations across the world, despite allegations by many conservative commentators and bloggers that the US is being ignored by countries it has helped during crises.

Mr Jackson said the rejection of the offer from one of Mr Bush's most outspoken political foes was a sign the federal government was incapable of handling the crisis properly. "This may be Mr Bush's worst hour of leadership," said Mr Jackson.

Other nations have been providing aid: Greece has offered cruise ships to help house evacuees; Sweden is making aircraft available to transfer supplies; El Salvador has offered troops ; Russia and Switzerland are providing generators, tents and meals. Other countries are sending people to assist in search-and-rescue: France and Latvia have sent teams with experience in disaster areas and the Norwegian navy was sending divers. Cub aoffered more than 1100 doctors + 20 tons of medicine (- rejected by Bush), Britain and Germany have sent relief experts and food rations.
bush quote of the day 08.Sep.2005 02:47

mr. white rabbit

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were
underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them,"
Mrs. Bush told American Public Media's "Marketplace" program, before
returning to her multi-million dollar Houston home.

Barbara Bush's son put his arm around the addled FEMA functionary and
declared, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."

The apple does not fall too far from the tree.