Right now, a fair number of America's Rapid Response Force, the 82nd Airborne Division, are sitting on their duffs at Ft. Bragg waiting for clearance to land at the Port-au-Prince airport. Clogged with civilian aircraft and foreign aircraft spending four hours on the runway for photo ops, the military can't get in.
Gen. Honore complained from the beginning that the military, not USAID, should be in charge at least until its assests are deployed. The 82nd has the capacity to find a straight road, parachute in and establish another runway that can land C-17s, Honore says. Instead, they hurry up and wait.