This is where the United States has a special responsibility. For better or for worse, the US military can bring massive force to bear at virtually any point on the globe--and do it quickly. The NY TImes says the aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson, will arrive near Haiti on Friday to serve as an offshore staging area for helicopters and air support for the island. There is also talk of sending about 2,000 Marines to maintain security in the capital. Landing US Marines in Haiti ought to bring back bad memories, but here's a chance to do right instead of wrong.
We should be air dropping supplies all over the Port-au-Prince region, landing as many aid workers and supplies on the beach as needed, and opening up the roads into the city. Lacking supplies and logistics should not be the problem here. It's an hour and a half flight from the richest country in the world to Port-au-Prince. We can blanket Haiti with resources. We can do a lot of good in this nightmare. We can't undo the earthquake, but the extent of the aftermath will depend largely on what we decide to do with the power we have.