The USS Bonhomme Richard and two other warships carrying a Marine expeditionary unit, dozens of helicopters and tons of supplies steamed into the Indian Ocean yesterday to join relief operations off Sumatra and Sri Lanka.
'We've been racing across the ocean,' said Rear Adm. Chris Ames, commander of the strike force.
The strike group, which had been headed to the Persian Gulf, was diverted while near the Pacific island of Guam. Adm. Ames said the Marines' primary responsibilities would include transporting food and medical supplies.
Hooray for the good guys!
Meanwhile, back at the UN in New York, Jan Egeland, who fills some UN position 40% paid for by U.S. taxpayers, and who must have an ego the size of his home country, says:
"The group that the U.S. initiated have proven very useful in responding to my 12-point wish list for everything from helicopters to transport planes to air traffic controllers," Mr. Egeland said in New York.The amazing thing is that Mr. Egeland's "12-point wish list" just happened to coincide with the standard load out of the USS Bonhomme Richard. No word yet on whether Mr. Egeland has decided whether the sun will rise tomorrow as he "wished" for it to do today.
What's the expression for fooling yourself into believing that something you did had an effect on something that appeared to have happened afterwards? "Post hoc ergo propter hoc?" Oh yeah, it's called a fallacy...
Update: Egeland wins an EagleSpeak Dodo Award
It's the least I can do.