September 26, 2005


Rice will visit Haiti on Tuesday (The Associated Press, September 26, 2005)

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will travel to Haiti on Tuesday to show support for presidential elections set for Nov. 20.

During her daylong visit, she will meet with members of the interim government that has been in place since shortly after the departure of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 26, 2005 4:34 PM

Funny, it seems to me that there is a lot more to say about US policy in Haiti than the two sentence AP story.
Ok, who wants to give me the Neocon line for this one. Lemme guess, it goes something like: The US has been rightfully suppressing the Democratic aspirations of the Haitians for decades through the support of brutal militants that is only for the benefit of the Haitian people, and perhaps a few US companies associated with the island?

Posted by: at September 27, 2005 9:15 AM

How far back do you want to go?

Colonial History: Haiti had the bad luck not to have been settled by the Spanish or English or even the Dutch. Instead they got the French who ripped them off down to the last standing tree stump.

Recent history: Democratic administrations have been supporting brutal leftwing dictators who have been funneling our tax dollars into their Swiss or Cayman Island bank accounts ever since the departure of the brutal father and son dictators Doc and Baby Doc Duvalier whom we supported to stave off any potential commie takeover and who took off with enough gilt to be welcomed with open arms in that great bastion of freedom and equality, La Belle.

SoS Rice will no doubt have some ideas on how to turn around the pathetic suffering of the Haitian people and offer some hope of a brighter future. One thing's sure, we won't install another Aristede look-alike.

BTW - An interesting phenomenon is that Haitians (and black Africans as well) who emigrate to the U.S. are able to jump right into our economy with little call for social services. Many are enterprising entrepreneurs, others go into the trades or professions and become tax paying Americans we are proud to call our neighbors and friends.

It's a mystery how these newcomers to our shores are able to overcome the alleged racism rampant throughout the land.

Posted by: erp at September 27, 2005 11:22 AM

As erp says, it's French.

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2005 12:05 PM

Its US, Canadian and French. Look it up for yourselves, but in recent years, its mostly US.

Posted by: at September 27, 2005 1:16 PM

It is interesting how we wreck other countries to provide for better opportunities in our own, and then lament about everyone in Latin America wanting to come here.

Posted by: at September 27, 2005 1:18 PM

But then let them come.

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2005 1:49 PM

No, it's French, just as France is French despite our repeated interventions there.

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2005 1:50 PM

Trollie, What I find "funny" is that Haitians are taking extreme measures to leave the paradise of socialism to come here where they have to work for a living.

What a bunch of saps, eh?

Posted by: erp at September 27, 2005 2:11 PM

Anonymous poster, you're trying to be logical and have resorted to facts. What are you doing? Most of the folks attending this blog could care less about the history of U.S. intervention, the U.S. support of brutal murdering dictators all over the world, the continued harboring several well known terrorists, one of whom is responsible for the murder of 2-3,000 Haitian folks(See Immanuel Constant), and other such inconvenient facts. As a matter of fact, your interest in these basic and uncontroversial facts just proves you're anti-American. You aren't supposed to consider or think about these things at all. You're supposed to have an automatic aversion. You're simply supposed to hit your pseudo-patriotic auto-pilot button, deny, deny, deny, flush the past down the memory hole, and make apologetics for anything which the U.S. does, no matter what it is, if necessary. If you want to debate something having to do with the real world, this probably isn't the best place to do it. But since I like comedy and like to see just how far off the deep end some people can go and still be semi-functional in the real world, I come here now. It's kind of llike going to a petting zoo for rapid, hate-filled, rightwingers. Anyway, good luck with presenting facts.KB

Posted by: KB at September 27, 2005 8:15 PM

Hate-filled? It's your side that's filled with hate. Take a look at the faces of the "anti-war protestors." They're all victims of BDS.

Posted by: erp at September 27, 2005 10:31 PM


I don't get it. Why does a bad act in the past delegitimize the good we're doing today? Which is the more salient fact, that we didn't oppose Saddam as forcefully as we should have or that we opposed him so forcefully he's no longer murdering people?

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2005 11:11 PM