Within hours of the request for help going out Greece, Cyprus, Russia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Spain Azerbijan, even Turkey and Egypt all committed and sent fire fighting planes and helicopters. Neither the president or State Department have anything to say until a ceremonial menorah lighting ( for all the 2012 jewish voters ) and then he says we are friends and sending chemicals. The fact is though the decision to send these chemicals was made by Michael Bloomberg the mayor of New York not by the president of the country who is supposed to be our closest ally. It wouldn't surprise me if Obama phone Abbas first when he found out top request his permission to send help.
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from the article: 'We can't say that fire in the North is under control'