September 27, 2007


Haiti's President Says Nation No Longer Deserves Failed State Stigma: Haitian President Rene Preval told the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday the Caribbean country is on its way to escaping the stigma of being labeled a failed state because of its recent economic and security gains. Mr. Preval got a show of political support from senior U.S., European and Latin American diplomats on the sidelines of the U.N. debate. (David Gollust, 9/26/07, VOA News)

Delivering his country's policy speech at the U.N. General Assembly, Mr. Preval said Haiti has all too often been on the U.N.'s agenda because of chronic problems. But, he said the unwelcome characterization of the country as a failed state no longer applies.

"Haiti is on the way to bidding farewell to that state slowly, patiently, but with determination," he said. "Organized armed gangs who are responsible for violence directed against innocent populations have been dismantled. And there is no longer any no-go zone for peaceful citizens in any area of our territory. The governance of our economy has greatly improved. The money printer was put away, and this has reduced inflation below the 10 percent line, which had been rampant for a number of years, and just a few months ago had reached the dizzying heights of 40 percent."

The threshold for improving Haiti is admittedly pretty low, but considering the far Right's hysteria over W's intervention there, it's gone rather well.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 27, 2007 11:44 AM

W's? Don;'t you mean Clinton's 1994 intervention?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 27, 2007 12:46 PM

It was Clinton's intervention. My brother was in the 82d then and they were airborne for Haiti when it became "Operation Nevermind".

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 27, 2007 6:48 PM

No, it was W's that worked.

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2007 9:49 PM

Okay - what intervention are you talking about? IIRC, US troops landed in Haiti under the Clinton administration and have been there since.

Perhaps you should be a little less Delphic?

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 28, 2007 6:25 AM

You recall poorly. Who did Clinton secure in power? Where is he now?

Posted by: oj at September 28, 2007 10:04 AM

(1) Aristide.
(2) Out of power.
(3) We never left and came back. It was a continuing intervention, as in "Try this guy. "Nope." "Try this guy."

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 28, 2007 1:07 PM

Right. It was the W regime change that's working.

Posted by: oj at September 28, 2007 2:27 PM