"The danger of hunger-crazed mobs never came up after the 2004 Pacific tsunami, and no one mentions security when tornados and floods wipe out swaths of the American Midwest. This suggests two possibilities, neither of them flattering. The first is that the administration had strategic reasons for sending 10,000 troops that had little to do with disaster relief." -Awl pal Ben Ehrenreich has a swift little piece on Haiti and the U.S. military response that reads excellently. Spoiler alert: the second possibility he mentions mostly has to do with how "white people who are not poor have been known, when confronted with black people who are, to start locking their car doors and muttering about their security."