Houston Is In Trouble, But So Is Southeast Asia

Imagine a president who would have spoken up last week to express his or her sympathies for the flooded peoples of South Asia. Whose communications would focus today and tomorrow on the troubles in Texas but also respectfully mention South Asia's. Who would quickly volunteer some American assistance to Mumbai despite our immediate and future concern for and costs of Houston. Even Nixon probably would have said a few words of sympathy and good wishes, but not our current president. Read details in Jeffrey Gettleman's August 29 New York Times article by clicking on the title above or the source URL below.

Note: following this NYT article, the Telegraph reported early on August 30 that about 20 million have been affected, 5 people have died in Mumbai, and 1,200 people have died across South Asia.