Mr. Ruiz said in a phone interview from Miami that the damage assessment flights were requested by Haiti’s government, and that’s all that’s been asked for so far.
The State Department has said it has enough blankets, plastic sheeting, hygiene kits and other relief supplies in place throughout Haiti to help as many as 125,000 storm victims.
Bush mulled attack in Syria
Former President George W. Bush says he considered ordering a U.S. military strike against a suspected Syrian nuclear facility at Israel’s request in 2007, but ultimately opted against it.
Israel eventually destroyed the facility, which Syria denied was aimed at developing a nuclear weapons capability.
In his memoir, “Decision Points,” to hit bookstores Tuesday, Mr. Bush says shortly after he received an intelligence report about a “suspicious, well-hidden facility in the eastern desert of Syria,” he spoke by phone with then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
“George, I’m asking you to bomb the compound,” Mr. Olmert told Mr. Bush, according to the book, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.
Mr. Bush says he discussed options with his national security team. A bombing mission was considered “but bombing a sovereign country with no warning or announced justification would create severe blowback,” he writes.
A covert raid was discussed but it was considered too risky to slip a team in and out of Syria undetected.