AUTHORIZE RESOURCES AND CURB DELAYS IN LIFE-SAVING MISSION IN PUERTO RICO
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The aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has left a situation where it is urgent for Lt. General Buchanan to command the resources he deems necessary in the course of his duty to save lives without delay. The lives of over 3 million American citizens are at risk.
Lt. General Russell Honore, who President Bush tapped to alleviate the crisis that developed after Katrina, has gone on record saying that the magnitude and aftermath of Maria is even worse than Katrina. The mayor of San Juan has gone on record insisting on the urgency of logistics in relief efforts and saying that any delay results in "something close to GENOCIDE."
Victor Ramos, president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Puerto Rico, said the population is vulnerable to cholera among other diseases. Mayor Julia Navarro of Loiza, said residents are showing signs of illnesses. Rations of food and water in many areas are not adequate and some areas haven't been reached.
With Governor Rossello's request, Lt. General Buchanan should be granted authority by President Trump, as Commander-in-Chief, to conduct his time imperative life saving mission without delays of approval for requests for military resources or operations, without delays from other agencies. He should also be able to streamline or adapt processes when necessary as time is of the essence. That is the request of this petition: FULLY AND CLEARLY AUTHORIZE GENERAL BUCHANAN TO HAVE THE RESOURCES AND CLEARANCE NECESSARY FOR HIM TO FURTHER THE URGENT LIFE SAVING MISSION IN PUERTO RICO, including reaching people with resources, evacuations and infrastructure support.
Lt. General Buchanan should not be delayed in doing what needs to be done to save lives. He should be given clear authority to carry out the urgent mission of carrying out life-saving tasks with the full complement of the best military in the world.
Dear Mr. President, You have the full resourcefulness of the United States military, Emergency Preparedness provisions, and the authority to act to make life-saving resources available to our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico. We urge you to do so. Thank you.
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