***Sudahlah, makin disangkal makin keliatan belangnya.
***Pemerintah AS berjalan dalam keadaan defisit terus. Sumbangan2
pemerintahan AS duitnya adalah political donations dari swasta. Maka itu
George Bush minta bantuan SBY menyelesaikan kasus Newmont, sebagai balas
budi sumbangan duit dari Newmont.
***Humanitarian aid atau politic ? Buat apa ngebohong terus ? WMD di Irak ?
Powell denies U.S.-UN rivalry in tsunami response
By Irwin Arieff
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has rejected
that Washington has been trying to edge out the United Nations as leader of
relief effort for the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Powell, during a visit to U.N. headquarters for talks with Secretary-General
Kofi Annan, also
denied that President George W. Bush had just increased U.S. disaster aid to
$350 million (180
million pounds) from $35 million because he had been stung by criticism that
"This ten-fold increase is indicative of American generosity but it also is
indicative of the need,"
Powell told reporters when asked if the increase announced by Bush on Friday
had been the
result of a "bidding war."
The announcement had been timed around completion of the necessary
assessments and "not
just that each day everybody was trying to play, 'Can you top this,'" Powell
said. "The need is
great, not just for immediate relief but for long-term."
The United Nations said the death toll from Sunday's colossal sea surge may
150,000 as the emergency relief operation struggled against debris-clogged
outages, washed-away roads and shattered towns from Indonesia to Somalia.
The United States initially had committed $15 million, then raised its
contribution to $35 million
after U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland criticized rich nations
such as the United
States as "stingy" for cutting back on general aid funding even as the world
'ASSETS, EXPERIENCE AND CAPABILITY'
Bush on Wednesday dismissed suggestions that America was stingy as
ill-informed" and set off alarm bells in the relief community by announcing
he had assembled a
core group of Australia, India, Japan and the United States to coordinate
the relief effort.
The move prompted speculation that Bush hoped to supplant the United
Nations, which has
taken the lead in coordinating natural disaster relief for the past five
But Powell said the group had been formed only because Washington saw a need
coordination mechanism consisting of countries in the region "with assets,
capability that could be brought to bear right away."
The group "might expand slightly but in due course we hope the core group
will work itself out
of business because we will have brought all of the international
organizations into play under the
overall supervision and leadership of the United Nations," Powell said.
Egeland said the latest U.S. contribution brought total donations from
around the world to more
than $1.1 billion including cash and in-kind contributions.
Washington's relations with the world body have been tense since the March
2003 invasion of
Iraq, which Annan opposed and the Security Council refused to authorize.
But Powell, who has announced plans to leave the U.S. administration in
early 2005, and
Annan praised each other for their cooperation since the tsunami crisis and
"Over the course of the last six days we have worked very closely with the
and his staff," Powell told reporters after his talks with Annan.