In an extraordinary public letter, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz begged the American public to stand by Puerto Rico as President Donald Trump openly threatens to remove federal aid workers from the still-battered island.
‘I ask every American that has love, and not hate in their hearts, to stand with Puerto Rico and let this President know we WILL NOT BE LEFT TO DIE,’ Cruz wrote. ‘I ask the United Nations, UNICEF and the world to stand with the people of Puerto Rico and stop the genocide that will result from the lack of appropriate action of a President that just does not get it because he has been incapable of looking in our eyes and seeing the pride that burns fiercely in our hearts and souls.
This must seem eerily reminiscent to anyone who remembers the public pleas New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
On Saturday Oct.7, the day the body of 25-year-old Army Sgt. La David Johnson was returned to Dover Air Force Base after he was [one of four] killed in an ISIS ambush in Niger, President Donald Trump was golfing.
But since the ambush on Oct. 4 in Niger, he has not commented publicly on the deadliest combat incident involving US troops since he took office.
The silence of the Republicans must seem patently hypocritical to anyone who remembers their sound and fury over the four Americans who were killed in Benghazi. Their political outrage led to years of congressional investigations, costing millions of dollars, which ultimately signified nothing.
Where’s the outrage?!
For the record, I skewered President George W. Bush for his mishandling of relief efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “Condi: Bush Had a Race Problem” published in October 2011, and other commentaries attest to this.
I skewered President Barack H. Obama for his failure to properly address the debacle in Benghazi. “Benghazi Cover Up? IRS Targeting His Enemies? Obama Looking More Like Nixon,” published in May 2013, and other commentaries attest to this.
Therefore, I have standing to skewer this fat pig, President Donald J. Trump, for his mishandling of relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and for his failure to properly address the debacle in Niger.
I trust this is just one of many ways my commentaries distinguish me from the my-party, country-be-damned hacks who spew talking points masquerading, in print and on TV, as informed and unbiased opinions.
Anthony L. Hall is a native of The Bahamas with an international law practice in Washington, D.C. Read his columns and daily weblog at www.theipinionsjournal.com. Click on this commentary at www.flcourier.com to write your own response.