Only ABC, of the three nightly newscasts, has continued to devote assign correspondents to the cyclone relief crisis in the Irrawaddy Delta. Wednesday, Joohee Cho made a clandestine trip to the refugee center of Labutta. Now Penatgon correspondent Jonathan Karl asks Adm Timothy Keating, head of the Pacific Command, why four USNavy ships stationed 50 miles offshore cannot deliver aid. Keating described his offer to Myanmar's military junta, which is wary of invasion and occupation. "I did my personal and professional best to assure them that we will leave no fingerprints and as soon as our work is done we will leave." Karl's unnamed sources in the US military were less polite, describing the junta's inaction as "sickening." Publicly, Keating predicted imminent permission to deliver airborne relief from cargo nets sling-loaded under helicopters.
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