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US says it will stay in Haiti for long term

Fri, 22 Jan 2010 06:12:41 GMT

Despite criticism for the US military presence in quake-stricken Haiti, Washington says it has a long-term plan to stay in the country.

"We are there for the long term, this is not something that will be resolved quickly and easily," US Ambassador to the UN Alejandro Wolff said on Thursday.

Just three days after a magnitude 7 earthquake jolted Haiti on January 12, the United States began to send military forces to the impoverished Caribbean nation.

The head of US Southern Command General Douglas Fraser said on Thursday that nearly 20,000 US troops are due to operate, both on land and offshore, by Sunday.

Currently over 2,676 US troops are operating on the ground in Haiti, Fraser said, adding the number is going to swell to 4,600 by the weekend and that another 10,445 are currently afloat aboard vessels offshore.

More than 4,000 other soldiers and Marines also left North Carolina late Wednesday.

This is while leading international aid organization, Medecins Sans Frontieres, blasted the US for putting the delivery of soldiers before medical supplies.

The presence of the US military, which has taken over command of the distribution of humanitarian aid, has raised the ire of some other countries including France, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Paris demanded the United Nations investigate and clarify the dominant US role in Haiti.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said Haiti seeks "humanitarian aid, not troops."

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez accused the US of seeking to occupy the country. "The United States government is using a humanitarian tragedy to militarily occupy Haiti. I read somewhere that they even occupied the [presidential] palace."

Washington, in the past, has been accused of interfering in Haitian internal affairs on many occasions. The US military played a role in the departure of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide before his second term was over in early 2004. Aristide described his departure as kidnapping.


Haiti was occupied by US Marines for nearly 20 years from 1915 to 1934. Former US President Bill Clinton sent troops to Haiti in 1994.


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Post time 2010-1-29 13:41:32 |Display all floors

Alas

It will spread Haiti's nightmare to daytime.

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The U.S. is in a local struggle with Venezuela

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From Worldoil.com:

Haiti could have larger oil reserves than Venezuela

Amidst the utter devastation left in the wake of the earthquake that rocked Haiti on January 12th, new findings indicate the existence of 3 million barrels of oil in a shallow formation offshore the island.

The Greater Antilles, which includes Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and their offshore waters, probably hold at least 142 million barrels of oil and 159 billion cubic feet of gas, according to a 2000 report by the US Geological Survey. Undiscovered amounts may be as high as 941 million barrels of oil and 1.2 trillion cubic feet of gas, according to the report.

Among nations in the northern Caribbean, Cuba and Jamaica have awarded offshore leases for oil and gas development. Trinidad & Tobago, South American islands off the coast of Venezuela, account for most Caribbean oil production, according to the US Energy Department.

According to French scientist Daniel Mathurin, “The Central Plateau, including the region of Thomond, the plain of the cul-de-sac and the bay of Port-au-Prince are filled with oil”. He added that “Haiti's oil reserves are larger than those of Venezuela . An Olympic pool compared to a glass of water that is the comparison to show the importance of oil Haitian compared to those of Venezuela.”

Mathurin also stated that “We have identified 20 sites Oil…5 of them are considered very important by practitioners and policies.”
President Hugo Chavez recently announced that he would write off the undisclosed sum Haiti owes Venezuela for oil as part of the ALBA bloc’s plans to help the impoverished Caribbean nation after the devastating January 12 earthquake.

“Haiti has no debt with Venezuela, just the opposite: Venezuela has a historical debt with that nation, with that people for whom we feel not pity but rather admiration, and we share their faith, their hope,” Chavez said after the extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, or ALBA.

He also announced that ALBA has decided on a comprehensive plan that includes an immediate donation of $20 million to Haiti’s health sector, and a fund that, Chavez said, will be at least $100 million ‘for starters.’

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Take heed of the wisdom of the elders of the American Native Indians.

Only in America if you steal something and hold

onto it long enough does it becomes yours....  Bill Means


In the words of a great Oglala Lakota statesman Chief Red Cloud:

“The United States made us many promises, but they kept only one.

They promised to take our land, and they took it.”
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  Are we seeing that happening before our very eyes in Haiti?

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Post time 2010-1-31 00:06:11 |Display all floors
Take heed of the wisdom of the elders of the American Native Indians.

Only in America if you steal something and hold

onto it long enough does it becomes yours....  Bill Means


In the words of a great Oglala Lakota statesman Chief Red Cloud:

“The United States made us many promises, but they kept only one.

They promised to take our land, and they took it.”
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  Are we seeing that happening before our very eyes in Haiti?

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Since its discovery more than five hundred years ago, Haiti has always been a battlefield, and a token for the rivalry that plagues the Europeans Kingdoms and military powers.  The United States joined the Club in 1812 after their victory over Spain.

The reason why they brutally invaded us after flattening our country with a weapon of mass destruction, is to show China and France that Haiti is theirs and nobody's else, that no one else except them will have Haiti's oil, gold, uranium and zyrconium.  One must also remember that France has always considered us as a place to be retaken from those Negroes who dared humiliate her in 1804. And one must also remember that China was the very first country to answer to our call for help and to land on our soil bringing not only that precious help, but was also the first to concretely offered us (not empty words or pledge) more than four millions dollars in donationm.  

Haiti has been grabbed by the United States like any Somalian pirarte would have grabbed an oil tanker. What it astonishing is that they have used the United Nations in order to give a legal international face on this robbery.  What will China and Russia do with this case, when the Security Council will meet next? Will they stay silent and allow the United States to steall our resources the same way they tried to steal Iraq oil?  Or will they strongly condamn that Pandora box the US has just open and which will lead to other powers grabbing other smaller and defenseless small states?
In my world the "equality" is not a buzz word

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Post time 2010-1-31 16:39:54 |Display all floors
I think the right context is that the US will stay there to help Haiti recover, not occupy it. It's all about context and perception. Those who're anti-US will of course see it negatively. Those who can understand the meaning see it positively.

[ Last edited by exportedkiwi at 2010-1-31 04:40 PM ]

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