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March 01, 2004
As a follow-up to my post below, let me say that I actually HATE reports like these, that say my country may have acted like the worst kind of rogue state bully.
For those who have missed it, Rep. Maxine Waters and a Randall Robinson (not an American is all I know) say that Aristide has told them that he did not resign but was forceable removed by US, er, forces.
Waters was in Haiti last week.
This type of thing immediately becomes a cause and a reason for people on both sides to stop thinking.
The left - and I say this VERY generally - is willing to accept this as fact before much more proof is displayed.
Thee right - and I say this less generally - is willing to forget everything it has previously said about interfering in Haiti and a "smart" use of the military.
In 1983 (??), no one liked the invasion of Grenada - left or right. The first US presence in Haiti (post-1970) was derrided mightily by EVERYONE on the right.
When will there be a majority in this country who can look at such a well-sourced and respectable report and say "If true, that's fucked up?" Because, guess what, it is?
(Remember the Rove administration's support for getting rid of a troubling (to them) Venezuelan leader?). Bona fide links mentioning the idea that Aristide did NOT resign.
-Different AP story at FoxNews
-BBC - mentions it in passing.
Reuters. (Leftist plague)
Addendum: Let's look at a Feb. 23 letter from Maxine Waters to SoS Colin Powell, paying particular attention to the first paragraph:
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who returned from Haiti on Saturday, says a bloodbath in that country is imminent in spite of the fact that President Aristide has agreed to the peace plan worked out by the international community.
UPDATE 15:01 The Rove administration is saying that Aristide signed a letter of resignation. We know that Bush et al has trouble with paperwork, but could we not see this letter of resignation? What does it say?
UPDATE 15:06 Either Aristide really did call these people or the world really has gone tits up, without a paddle, on hell's frozen river.