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Hillary Clinton Defends Troop Deployments In Haiti

February 1, 2010 by  

Hillary Clinton defends troop deployments in HaitiIn response to criticism from some Latin American leaders regarding the thousands of United States troops that have been sent to Haiti following the devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, the Secretary of State has dismissed the verbal attacks and stressed that the soldiers are performing humanitarian missions.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez joined forces with leaders from Nicaragua, Bolivia and Cuba in accusing the U.S. of using the earthquake in Haiti as a pretext to occupy the country.

"There is not a shortage of guns there … doctors, medicine, fuel, field hospitals, that’s what the U.S. should send," said Chavez, who also promised to provide oil for electricity generation and transport purposes.

In Washington, Clinton stated that the more than 15,400 troops sent to Haiti acted to deliver the much needed humanitarian aid. "I deeply resent those who attack our country, the generosity of our people and the leadership of our president in trying to respond to historically disastrous conditions after the earthquake," she stressed.

Criticism of the U.S. role in Haiti has also come from Italy’s top disaster expert who pointed to a lack of organization and the reliance on soldiers with no training in humanitarian operations, although the Italian government has distanced itself from these remarks, according to Reuters.
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  • Robert

    At least there is one person in the Obama administration that stands up for this country. And she does so consistently, regardless of her political affiliation.

    • Rev. James J. Johnson

      Why, I ask, is it that our president could not make a quick and clear decision about deploying more troops at Gen. McChrystal’s recommendations, and when the whole world is offering aid and support to the Haitian people it is necessary to send 15,000 of our troops to help out. Are our American soldiers in the middle east not worthy of the presidents support? I do not belittle the Haitian people, but the “dictator” that will not allow his coutrymen to build, live, and make progress in Haiti is deplorable and kind, generous people in the US and around the world must clean up the countries disaster.
      Ms. Hillary and Mr. Obama, your actions are a slap in the face to the American people and the servicemen deployed around the world preserving freedom for all of us.

      • JeffH

        I couldn’t agree with you more. Well said.

      • s c

        In short, Reverend, Obama and Hillary are living disgraces to America. All that matters to them is a continual public relations campaign and robotic voters.
        Regardless of what they are called (NWO freaks, trilateralists, illuminated, enlightened, tree huggers, mama earth lovers, domestic enemies), they take care of themselves first. They use us like a pimp uses a prostitute. They are not worth knowing.

    • Joe H.

      Robert,
      Beg to differ with you dude. Billary and her hubby demonstrated against this country in England while going to college there during Viet Nam!!!! Sounds kinda treasonist to me!!!!

  • http://victorbarney@embarqmail.com Victor L Barney

    And, we know that Hillary is a “progressive” because she even told us so!
    Isn’t she brave? No, second thought, I think that she’s just stupid!

  • J C

    Never waste a good crisis Hillary.

  • deltadawn

    I am not a Hillary fan by any means but, in this case, she’s right on. What are the countries doing the critizing doing to help those in Haiti? Nothing, of course. It would be negligent and almost criminal to send private individuals to a country known for violence unprotected. We have doctors & experienced aid workers working tirelessly in deplorable conditions to help the people of Haiti and anybody who doesn’t like can stuff it. Additionally, these military personnel are experienced in loading, unloading and distributing supplies in the safest manner possible. As Ms. Clinton stated, America is the most generous nation in the world and that includes the government and it’s people. Who is usually the first to send money, supplies and personnel to any natural disaster? The US, of course. What would anyone expect to come out of the mouths of Chavez and Castro?

    • Samantha

      Afraid your facts are wrong. Venezuela, Cuba and China were on the ground in Haiti the day after the earthquake without weapons or camera crews.

      • William Kempner

        Oh, really, Samantha? Where did you see that? I was not aware that they were there, and if there are, how many-a half a dozen from each country? So what? The US is doing the heavy lifting, as it always does, for a nation that votes against us about 60% of the time at the UN. Don’t believe me? Look it up. I’m sorry for the people-how can you not be- but as a nation Haiti was, is, and always will be a MESS!

  • gates

    This exchange means nothing. It is a strawman to give the imprssion that we have a “more” conservative wing in the democrats. It is nothing more than Progressive lip service. If anything Chavez et al are only participating in a charade.

    Hillary Clinton will defend actions of the U.S. as long as those actions advance the Progressive agenda. Troop deployments and open warfare are not excluded from the Progressives actions historically.

    To preach against war, then make it, is a Progressive tactic from day
    one.

    Besides, it is a Progressive agenda that would involve U.S. military in a humanitarian project in the first place.

    15,000 troops in Haiti, none on the Mexican border. Get it?

  • Les Strawn

    Keep our troops out of Haiti! We are hated there. If one, just one trooper shoots or hurts a Haitian they will crucify him as an example to the world of how evil the U.S. is to turn on those innocent rioters. Protect our troops and keep them out… We would be described as war-mongering imperialist capitalist invaders and, God Forbid don’t drop a bible in there, we would be forcing our religion on these innocent folks. Keep our troops out of Haiti except to distribute food and water. Let the French or any of those other screaming idiots pick up this one. It is time for the UN to do their job… With out the United States. Hillary is a Fool! It is time we improve our image in the world not exacerbate it.

    • gates

      Les: AMEN.

    • http://Don'thaveone Sally

      You are so correct. There is no need for 15,000 troops to go into Haiti whom we have always supported heavily with money. Please see the email below:
      Before you donate a penny, read the below eyewitness account.

      To All,
      This is from one of my oldest and dearest Army buddies. BG Mike Seely (U.S. Army – Ret.) forwarded this from a friend that just returned from Haiti.
      FYI.
      Ron

      From a friend.

      Mike

      Date: Monday, January 25, 2010, 5:47 AM

      News back from Nic Brockhausen. He and Dennis Hebler made it back somewhat safe and sound.
      To All,

      I just returned from Haiti with Hebler. We flew in at 3 AM Sunday to the scene of such incredible destruction on one side, and enormous ineptitude and criminal neglect on the other.

      Port o Prince is in ruins. The rest of the country is fairly intact.Our team was a rescue team and we carried special equipment that locates people buried under the rubble. There are easily 200,000 dead; the city smells like a charnal house. The bloody UN was there for 5 years doing apparently nothing but wasting US Taxpayers money. The ones I ran into were either incompeyent or outright anti american. Most are French or french speakers, worthless every damn one of them. While 1800 rescuers were ready willing and able to leave the airport and go do our jobs, the UN and USAID ( another organization full of little OBamites and communisrts that openly speak against America) These two organizations exemplared their parochialism by:

      USAID, when in control of all inbound flights, had food and water flights stacked up all the way to Miami, yet allowed Geraldo Rivera, Anderson Cooper and a host of other left wing news puppies to land.

      Pulled all the security off the rescue teams so that Bill Clinton and his wife could have the grand tour, whilst we sat unable to get to people trapped in the rubble.

      Stacked enough food and water for the relief over at the side of the airfield then put a guard on it while we dehydrated and wouldn’t release a drop of it to the resuers.

      No shower facilities to decontaminate after digging or moving corpses all day, except for the FEMA teams who brought their own shower and decon equipment, as well as air conditioned tents.

      No latrine facilities, less digging a hole, if you set up a shitter everyone was trying to use it.

      I watched a 25 year old Obamite with the USAID shrieking hysterically; berate a full bird colonel in the Air Force, because he countermanded her orders, whilst trying to unscrew the air pattern. “You dont know what your president wants! The military isn’t in charge here we are!”

      If any of you are thinking of giving money to the Haitian relief, or to the UN don’t waste your money. It will only go to further the goals of the French and the Liberal left.

      If we are a fair and even society, why is it that only white couples are adopting Haitian orphans? Where the hell is that vocal minority that is always screaming about the injustice of American society?

      Bad place, bad situation, but a perfect look at the new world order in action. New Orleans magnified a thousand times. Haiti doesn’t need democracy, what Haiti needs is Papa Doc. Thats not just my opinion, that is what virtually every Haitian we talked with said. The French run UN treat us the same as when we were a colony, at least Papa Doc ran the country.

      Oh, and as a last slap in the face the last four of us had to take US AIRWAYs home from Phoenix. They slapped me with a 590 dollar baggage charge for the four of us. The girl at the counter was almost in tears because she couldn’t give us a discount or she would lose her job. Pass that on to the flying public.

      Nick

      Mr. Gerard R. Draughon
      Retired U.S. Customs – D.H.S

      “IN GOD WE TRUST”

      • Robert

        That was a very insightfull letter as to what may be the real situation in Haiti. It’s a tragedy what happened in Haiti and how the people there are suffering. But, there are way more Americans in this country who are also suffering, hungry, homeless and despondent. Obama pledged a ton of money to Haiti. I suggest he pledge $1Million to Haiti just liked the Chinese did and use the rest of the money to take care of our own first.

      • JeffH

        Thank you for sharing your friends honest and insightful desription of the inner-workings of the Haitian disaster relief efforts. I also agree wtih what Rev. James J. Johnson commented above. This relief effort is not about the Haitian peoples strife, but a facade for the UN and Pres. Obama and Hillary Clinton. Politics at work once again. It is never about the human beings.

      • JeffH

        Sally, I hope you don’t mind that I copied and forwarded this letter to Glen Beck and Sean Hannity.
        Thank you again for sharing.

  • Dan2

    The Clinton/Bush crime family used the Haiti central bank as a money laundering point for their Drug dealing schemes, to funnel trillions, from their Mena, Arkansas connection. Plus there is the fact that Haiti has large gold deposits, and the amount of oil (deposits) are suppose to dwarf Venezuela’s. They needed to get the goverment out of the way to steal property rights from the people, Thru the use of a siesmic weapon (HAARP/TESLA). Our military (advisor’s) had already been there doing drill’s in case a hurricane disaster. Clinton/bush/Obama Plan to rebuild Haiti, They have other plans to develop as well..Oil/Gold. Unfortunately for the Haitian’s it will be just like Iraq and Afghanistan’s rebuild!
    Please do some research for yourself, These troops off shore cannot protect our constitution from there.
    U.N. peacekeeping troops will be called into our country if this or another martial law instance should happen here. Along with it, the world constitution!

    Do some research!!!! Try and prove this wrong don’t just assume I am right.

  • Casper777

    With the recent Haitian arrest of the 10 American Baptist Missionaries, who were transporting orphans, I have serious mixed feelings. Don’t get me wrong, this is terrible disaster and the human suffering is unimaginable. But America simply can’t ‘save the world’, given our situation with internal American poverty, unemployment, national debt, foreclosures, two wars on terrorism (I mean ‘man made disasters’). . . . . .

    Haiti is a country of poverty, little wealth, 70%+ unemployment, yet its population keeps growing. Over the last couple of decades it has proven government corruption and has become a ‘give-me, give-me country’. I applaud all of the missionary, charity, and humanity efforts, but the situation is the same, prior to the earthquake.

    Over the past couple of years in America, we have seen animal growers trying to make an honest living termed by the media as ‘illegal puppy mills’ and taken to court. Well, it seems Haiti appears to be an orphan mill. Given the stories of those who have been active in adoption and the hassles, delays and extreme costs to ‘save a child’, I simply don’t get it. Is the Haitian government making money on these adaptions?

    I am pleased America, the missionaries, charities and those 10 arrested Baptists are trying to “do the right thing”. Those who are making a difference seem to be ‘unjustly blamed to be the problem’. It is a very upsetting situation, but thanks to America and other countries, we keep trying.

    • Joe H.

      Casper777,
      I gotta disagree with you on one point man, and that’s the Baptist missionaries. they didn’t have any permission to leave the country with those “orphans” what so ever!!! how would you feel if you lived in new Orleans and some dogooders absconned with your child that “appeared” to be an orphan?

      • JeffH

        Joe H., Agree with you on this also. From what I have gathered from FOX and CNN, there was one person that organized the trek to Haiti with the intentions 0f setting up an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. Sounds as if she made two mistakes, she trusted somebody that said he was a cop and apparently spoke to no one from the government about this. Big trouble I would say. The US had nobody present at their arraignment hearing.

  • http://yahoo Ed California

    Dan, You are absolutely right! Our government is corrupt to the core listen to Mike Ruppert 911 cia whistleblower on “youtube” people educate yourselves. Before its to late!!!!

  • rwnut

    You think so Hillary? Don’t forget,according to your husband and then president,Slick Willie,he thought he was performing a humanitarian mission when he was “getten head” in the “out house” in D.C.

    • chuck b

      hillary clinton is promoting herself for a run for the presidency in 2012 by all this patriotic grandstanding, where was all this patrotism during the vietnam war?? “oh”, that doesn’t count we were fighting communism and that went against her grain!! and why did her and willie both have the same disdain for the military as obumbo has when they were in the white house? “no difference.”

  • DaveH

    Helping to rebuild is one thing, but where do the soldiers put their assault rifles when they’re helping?
    It seems to me that carrying sidearms and telling the Haitians they will lose our aid if we are attacked would be plenty enough to stop attacks on our aid-givers.

  • American Citizen

    Decision, decision, would our military personnel rather be in Haiti or the Middle East?

    • Joe H.

      American Citizen,
      At least in the middle east they have a small chance of being exhonerated when they kill someone!!! Shoot and kill or wound and it’s all the same in Haiti…CONVICTION!!!! This puppet admin we have would never stand up for the troops!!!

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