Travel Insurance

by Steve on July 21, 2006

Why? Don’t need it. We’re taxpaying US citizens and if our travel destination goes to hell in a handbag we’re entitled to immediate evacuation. It would seem that most of the disgruntled evacuees coming out of Lebanon share this rather stupid mindset. Hey, you want to vacation in Beirut – fine, but you do so at your own risk. If you ask me it’s an undesirable destination these days. Has been for quite a while now. Might as well outfit yourself with a nice bright white T-shirt with bulls-eyes printed front and back.

Here’s just a sample of one interview with an evacuee:

It is positively ridiculous that it took the U.S. so long to come and get us. We were very scared and I blame George Bush and the government for dragging it’s feet in helping us get out!

Now there’s a woman firmly grounded in reality. And she won’t even have to pay for her trip out of the battle zone thanks to the democrats.

Amazingly, we’re not even going to charge these ungrateful evacuees for the free trip home. Despite a federal law that mandates reimbursement to the government if an American has to be evacuated from a foreign country, the State Department backed off after a big firestorm of objections were heard from critics of the Bush Administration.

Go read the rest of Mike Gallagher’s piece over at for a great take on the entitled travelers. He nails it with this:

Just once, I’d like to see an American on TV express some appreciation for their country during times like these. What a joy it would have been to turn on the television and see an evacuee from Lebanon say something like, “Boy, was I ever dumb for deciding to take a vacation in Lebanon. But thanks to the United States, I’m now safely sitting in the Baltimore airport and am I ever grateful. Thanks to the brave men and women who helped rescue my family and me, and God bless America. It sure feels great to be home.”

I wholeheartedly agree, Mike. Vacation in Beirut? To quote the character Forrest Gump: “Stupid is as stupid does.” The only people our government is obligated to evacuate are the ones it sent there. How about a simple thank-you from the rest?

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Debra S Youngblood July 21, 2006 at 17:02

As Ron White says, “You
can’t fix stupid.” Maybe if
they checked US travel advisorores they would get a heads up. And a simple thank you would have been nice

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