First on scene was the Unites States Coast Guard cutter Forward, in Port-au-Prince's harbor within hours of the earthquake. Forward's sister cutters (Valiant, Tahoma and Mohawk) are en route as 'Puter writes. The United States Navy's aircraft carrier Carl Vinson (CVN-70) was rerouted from Norfolk, Virginia within hours as well. The Navy's 1,000 bed hospital ship Comfort is preparing to get underway shortly. Members of the 82nd Airborne are heading to Haiti, along with thousands of Marines, to provide security as needed.
What does this mean for Haiti? It means that America, on its own dime, while fighting two wars and in the middle of the Great Recession, is going to once again bail out Haiti. Our soldiers and Marines will risk their lives in abhorrent conditions to protect Haitian civilians. Our ships will provide free first-world medical care, clean water, electricity and food to thousands and ask nothing in return. And how can America do this?
America can do this, because despite the protest of dirty, nasty hippies, and the continued efforts of liberal Congresspeople to defund the military, we have the biggest, baddest military on the planet.
Found at Gormogons, which was pointed to by Tam.