Someone Remind Me—Before What Doth Pride Goeth…?

The AP, via MSNBC, reports:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has decided “no offer that can help alleviate the suffering of the people in the afflicted area will be refused”…
Then, after recounting that help in the form of “boats, aircraft, tents, blankets, generators, cash assistance and medical teams” has been offered from Venezuela, Russia, Japan, Canada, France, Honduras, Germany, Jamaica, Australia, the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, China, South Korea, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, NATO and the Organization of American States, the story goes on to say:
Still, Bush told ABC-TV: “I’m not expecting much from foreign nations because we hadn’t asked for it. I do expect a lot of sympathy and perhaps some will send cash dollars. But this country’s going to rise up and take care of it.”

“You know,” he said, “we would love help, but we’re going to take care of our own business as well, and there’s no doubt in my mind we’ll succeed…”
What the hell? Are we accepting help, or are we not? And why in the name of all that’s holy is the President insisting we go it alone? It’s fucking rude to rebuke such offers, apart from just being plain old idiotic for both logistical and fiscal reasons. Allow America to be helped, you tool. There’s nothing admirable under normal circumstances about being a martyr when one doesn’t have to be, and when you’re sacrificing other people for your cause, that’s really unimpressive.

Also, someone really needs to tell Bush that issuing reassurances about an endeavor by invoking his own certainty about its success just makes people giggle maniacally now.

(Hat tip Ariadne’s Labyrinth.)

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