The United States is eager to end its military tsunami mission as soon as other nations are ready to take over, the U.S. deputy secretary of defense said Saturday. The United Nations began paying survivors in Indonesia to clear rubble.
Indonesia has expressed unease with the number of foreign troops on its territory and wants them out by the end of March.
"As soon as our military folks can pass these responsibilities on to other folks … and make sure the job gets done, we will be happy," said Paul Wolfowitz, who was visiting Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
He also said he hopes the U.S. military's role in the relief mission will be finished well before the end of March.
In other words, the U.S., with the Aussies, has provided the short term emergency aid that was needed until the rest of the world could get mobilized and will continue doing so until it is clear we aren't needed.