"As we walked up to the tent where incoming patients were being processed, I immediately saw the electronic medical records technology that I had first seen in Haiti [where the IDF also operated]. Each patient’s medical record is created using a photograph to ensure accurate identification. This is especially important in these types of crisis situations. Language barriers, loss of documentation and the fact that patients have arrived from all over would result in a nightmare if the patients weren’t properly identified.
"Smart. Sophisticated. Secure. This was what I had experienced with the IDF before. But now I was impressed with something else: the place they had selected. This wasn’t a site where trauma surgeons were needed — those injuries in other towns were being addressed. What the people of Bogo needed was good, solid medical care. They were already living in poverty when the typhoon decimated their fragile infrastructure.
"I asked the IDF Surgeon General in charge why they chose Bogo. He said it was because they were poor and their needs were great. As I left, I walked away in awe of this group of doctors: physician humanitarians, and medicine at its very best." (Emphasis added)
"A Senate aide familiar with the meeting told the website that 'every time anybody would say anything about what would the Israelis say they’d get cut off and Kerry would say, "You have to ignore what they’re telling you, stop listening to the Israelis on this."'
"'They [Kerry's team] had no details,' the aide told BuzzFeed. 'They had no ability to verify anything, to describe anything, to answer basic questions.'"