In 1962, in the thick of the Cold War, the late Haitian dictator Francois Duvalier effectively blackmailed the United States into supporting his government in a speech in which he said this: “Today there are two poles of attraction in the world; if we are not drawn to one, we will gravitate to the other.”
History has a funny way of repeating itself. Continue reading “The Price of Haitian Lies III”
As the poor get poorer in Haiti, the rich and powerful get richer and more powerful. In fact, power has equaled riches in Haiti and no one is richer than Jean Bertrand Aristide, the former priest who took a vow of poverty before he was elected president.
Aristide’s presidential salary was approximate $120,000 U.S. dollars. If he had saved every penny of that money during the five years he was in office he could have accumulated no more that $600,000. There was no official accounting of Aristide’s net worth when he left office, which is required by the Haitian constitution. However, it is now estimated to be between $35 and 55 million. Continue reading “The Price of Haitian Lies II”
Our president lies to protect himself from past mistakes and misdeeds. Some argue that he lies merely about personal matters. Therefore, his lies are of little or no importance. Nothing could be further from the truth. For example, Mr. Clinton likes to brag about how he has restored democracy to Haiti. By clinging to that lie, he not only is presiding over the dawn of a new dictatorship in Haiti, he has opened up a new avenue for drug trafficking into the United States and has given communism an opportunity to gain another foothold just miles from our shore. Continue reading “The Price of Haitian Lies”
Article I, Section 8 of our Constitution gives Congress the responsibility of raising, maintaining, and regulating our armed forces; but, with few exceptions, the members of both houses our legislative body have completely abdicated that responsibility. Haiti is only the most recent and dramatic example.
It is understandable the liberal leaders don’t wish to call attention to the fact that the man in the White House, who is a member of their party, is out of control. But, what has happened to the Republicans? For the most part they are simply rolling over and playing dead; or going along to get along, waiting for the midterm election. Continue reading “Congress Playing Dead on Haiti”
The Haitian poker game broke up at the eleventh hour last night. The game was called with the U.S. holding a full house. The spoils weren’t distributed. At this point no one really knows how much was at stake, only one thing is sure. We’re responsible for whatever was on that table; and we will be for months, or even years to come. Continue reading “Haiti: the Morning After — Winners and Losers”
Mr. Clinton laid out four reasons for his invasion of Haiti: to restore human rights; to stop the flood of refugees; to restore democracy; and to save our own credibility with other nations in the world. His speech was passionate, but unconvincing to anyone who has studied this issue. The way he rewrote history left me wondering if he will have any credibility left with knowledgeable people here or abroad. Continue reading “The Presidential Address on Haiti”
Now that Mr. Clinton has failed to convince the Haitians leaders to leave, he is faced with trying to convince “we the people” that an invasion is worth our money and our blood. No one has any doubt about the initial outcome on the island of Hispaniola. The most powerful force in the world can overcome Haiti’s rag-tag army. That is a given. What is seriously in doubt is the invasion of the minds of U.S. citizens. Will Mr. Clinton be able to convince us that we have a national interest in Haiti that is serious enough to justify this action other than allowing him to escape from the corner he backed into?
Getting into Haiti is simple: getting out anytime soon with dignity is next to impossible. We dropped leaflets all over that tiny country telling its citizens that Aristide will treat them fairly. We cannot guarantee them that Aristide will not return to using the mob violence that marked the brief seven months of his presidency, unless we are willing to stay there and protect them from him if necessary. Continue reading “Haiti — the Invasion of the Mind”