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or tsunami, the United States assists the countries in need . On the day after Christmas in 2004, a tremendous earthquake and
tsunami occurred in the Indian Ocean near Sumatra, killing some 300,000 people. The United States was the first to respond with aid.
Washington followed up with a large contribution of aid and deployed the U.S. military to South and Southeast Asia for many months to help
with the aftermath of the disaster. About 20,000 U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines responded by providing water, food, medical aid,
disease treatment and prevention as well as forensic assistance to help identify the bodies of those killed. Only the U.S. military could have
accomplished this Herculean effort. No other force possesses the communications capabilities or global logistical reach of
the U.S. military. In fact, UN peacekeeping operations depend on the United States to supply UN forces. American generosity has
done more to help the United States fight the War on Terror...
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