September 30, 2017

No, Trump Didn't Botch the Puerto Rico Crisis

Featuring Jerry Hendrix

Source: Bloomberg View

Journalist Tobin Harshaw

"Send in the cavalry."

That was the advice retired Army General Russel Honore gave President Donald Trump this week about responding to the devastation of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. And Honore's opinion was well informed: In 2005, President George W. Bush sent him to bail out New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina's 30-foot storm surge overran its levees. And by Honore's judgment, Trump has fallen short: "This is a hit on White House decision making," he told Bloomberg News.

Plenty of others piled on, including a pair of Trump's 2016 presidential opponents:

"The logistics chain is broken and only the U.S. military can stand it up," insisted Florida Senator Marco Rubio. "And it is truly my hope that at some point in the next few hours the generals that are down there now, someone with ... two stars, or three stars on their shoulder, will be able to be the ultimate decision maker until we get basic logistics."

So, how fair were such criticisms?

Read the full article here.

  • Jerry Hendrix

    Senior Fellow and Director, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program

    Jerry Hendrix is a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security. A retired Captain in the United...