Ah. I misread: The Burmese govt is refusing aid from USA.
Burma's junta refused foreign aid after the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, but this time the sheer scale of the slowly emerging disaster seems to have forced it to change its mind.
"We will welcome help . . . from other countries because our people are in difficulty," said Mr Win.
The generals have, however, turned down an offer from the US State Department of $250,000 (£125,000) in help and a disaster assistance team, suggesting that it remains selective about whom it accepts.
well burma obviously doesn't know how to negotiate. they should have pretended to be harboring a couple terrorists, maybe developing a couple wmd's on the side, and we would have sent a bunch of americans into the country to fix it for them!
The article I originally read really misrepresented what the US was saying in regards to conditions of aid. The US like pretty much other country/aid agency is wanting their disaster assessment teams on the ground to figure out where and how the aid needs to be distributed.
As much as the Bush Hoooonta has dropped the ball in the past, you'd have to put the blame here squarely on the generals in Rangoon for every post cyclone death. About the only thing positive that might come out of this is that it might be the beginning of the end for these bastards.