The US spends way too much time trying to instigate war……it is bad enough that we are basically involved in wars in almost every continent and yet some US officials are urging more involvement…..
This time it is the small island nation of Haiti….
Some top Biden administration officials are pushing for an international military intervention in Haiti over concerns of a migration crisis, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.
The government of acting Prime Minister Ariel Henry has been under pressure over growing gang violence in the country and from demonstrators that are demanding Henry resign. Henry requested foreign military intervention last month to break a blockade of a key fuel terminal in Port-au-Prince, but the Haitian national police have since broken the blockade.
The US proposed a UN resolution calling for a foreign military force to enter Haiti after Henry’s request but has struggled to find a country willing to lead the intervention. The Times report said that while the Biden administration officials want to see military intervention in the country, they don’t want it to involve US troops.
US officials said that the deployment of 2,500 troops and police officers could be enough to secure key areas in Haiti. But countries the US has looked to lead the intervention are hesitant, including Canada and Brazil.
While Haitians are facing violence and food shortage, most people in the country are against the intervention due to the country’s dark history with foreign military occupations. The most recent UN peacekeeping deployment that ended in 2017 involved extensive human rights abuses, including the sexual assault of underage girls, and a cholera outbreak.
A report from NPR earlier in November found that most Haitians oppose foreign military intervention. “All they brought was kidnappings and rape and cholera,” a protest organizer told NPR of the UN peacekeeping deployment. “If the UN sends troops to Haiti, the fighting will get even more intense.”
Henry has little popular support as he was never elected. He was made the country’s acting leader following the 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, whose killing was never solved.
Who do you think will be bankrolling this endeavor?
If you cannot think in monetary terms then how about Somalia or Lebanon from our past….ring any bells?
Here is an idea since our main object internationally is to involve this nation in wars both big and small maybe the Department of Defense should return to its original name, War Department…..makes more sense than the Defense Department since our objectives are armed conflict and not defense.
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I remember Papa Doc Duvalier, and the Tonton Macoute. That was 60 years ago, and Haiti is still in a mess.
Best wishes, Pete.
Plus the US has invade and occupied the island before….is that imperialism? chuq
I probably concur with you, in that I wouldn’t waste any personnel or dollars in Haiti, but I’m struggling to grasp the analogy of a host nation request for peacekeeping forces (as we did likewise in the 90’s)…….with instigating war.
War is k0ore than being directly involved…plus the Monroe Doctrine gives us the right to intervene….at least in the eyes of DC chuq
Sure, but again…..this is at the request of the host nation.
You have the world’s largest defense budget and military, you are going to want to justify it, use it, spend to support it and our surrogates. Sad to say….
That is my point…..budget is way too big and why do we need to use it if it is truly for defense. chuq