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Cabinet meets out in open air

Haiti’s cabinet met yesterday. On a bench and some plastic chairs inan open-air yard. Grieving for their own losses and those of a nation,the exhausted and overwhelmed officials sat in a circle on a concreteslab outside a police station, seeking to put some order into theirresponse to a catastrophic earthquake.<p></p>

Haiti’s cabinet met yesterday. On a bench and some plastic chairs in an open-air yard. Grieving for their own losses and those of a nation, the exhausted and overwhelmed officials sat in a circle on a concrete slab outside a police station, seeking to put some order into their response to a catastrophic earthquake.

Loosely speaking, the United Nations is leading the relief effort, while the U.S. military is in charge of air-traffic. But in line with diplomatic propriety, Haitian leaders are being consulted, and are giving approval, at every step.