10-01-17 Views on the Criticism of the Rescue and Recovery Response for Puerto Rico
I have seen many of your posts about Puerto Rico and I just want to give you my 2 cents (all it is worth) about what I see there.
I don’t think any of us understand the logistics of providing aid to an island in the Caribbean. I have a good friend who was responsible for the logistics of setting up U.S. military operations in several countries and regions in the world. It took months to get the supplies and personnel in place to even begin to set up operations on the ground, and they had several months upfront based on careful planning to even achieve what they did. It was all planned in advance.
Although not politically correct to say, the Puerto Rican infrastructure has been neglected for many years (the responsibility for the power grid is solely with the Governor and his appointed Board); the financial care and planning has left the island bankrupt. The storm devastated what was left.
It is so easy for us to say that the response should have been faster, better and more complete. Of course, many progressives are saying that he didn’t tweet enough about Puerto Rico. I also just heard NPR say that it has been 2 weeks since the disaster and Trump is just now visiting Puerto Rico. I for one choose to believe the many, many reports that show that so much is being done and just as quickly as humanly possible. Certainly one can choose to believe what CNN or NPR say about the complete failure of the recovery effort. However, CNN and NPR will never say anything that would imply that the Administration has done anything right since January 2017.
The size of the overall military-related community in Puerto Rico is estimated to be 100,000 individuals. This includes retired personnel. Fort Buchanan has about 4,000 military and civilian personnel. In addition, approximately 17,000 people are members of the Puerto Rico Army and Puerto Rico Air National Guard, or the U.S. Reserve forces