Tuesday, September 20, 2005

"Utter Madness"

From The Mirror:

"HUNDREDS of tons of British food aid shipped to America for starving Hurricane Katrina survivors is to be burned.
US red tape is stopping it from reaching hungry evacuees.
Instead tons of the badly needed Nato ration packs, the same as those eaten by British troops in Iraq, has been condemned as unfit for human consumption.
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"The worker added: "There will be a cloud of smoke above Little Rock soon - of burned food, of anger and of shame that the world's richest nation couldn't organise a p**s up in a brewery and lets Americans starve while they arrogantly observe petty regulations.
"Everyone is revolted by the chaotic shambles the US is making of this crisis. Guys from Unicef are walking around spitting blood.
"This is utter madness. People have worked their socks off to get food into the region.
"It is perfectly good Nato approved food of the type British servicemen have. Yet the FDA are saying that because there is a meat content and it has come from Britain it must be destroyed.


I can only imagine that the unnamed aid worker meant a "piss up in a brewery," which I think might equate to mean "couldn't catch the clap in a brothel."

Or "couldn't get laid in a whorehouse."

Or something like that.

This is fucking stupid, and for once it can't be laid at George Bush's feet. This is a case of bureaucracy run amok, tied down by rules that have since passed their expiration date or are no longer relevant.

No wonder the British are mad at us, and we may have inadvertently alienated our staunchest ally.


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