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.