Criticisms of the U.S. for slow or inadequate relief and aid to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami are simply efforts to mask the real political issue for ulterior political purposes. The real political issue is: why did the national governments of the region fail to prepare for this (or a similar) natural disaster? Why was a tsunami warning system not in place and working? Why did the governments not have in place the infrastructures needed for disaster relief? Such questions should be addressed to the governments concerned. Such questions are the primary responsibility of the national government of the region and no one else. The extent of the disaster is due to failure of governments, and - since national governments are the products of politics in one form or other - a failure of national politics of the region's nations. End of issue.