Wow, let something catastrophic happen to a poor nation and bam!, it doesn’t take long for some to see dollar signs or at the very least suggest an agenda, their agenda. Oh wait, that’s disaster capitalism, silly me.
The U.S. government response should be bold and decisive. It must mobilize U.S. civilian and military capabilities for short-term rescue and relief and long-term recovery and reform. President Obama should tap high-level, bipartisan leadership. Clearly former President Clinton, who was already named as the U.N. envoy on Haiti, is a logical choice. President Obama should also reach out to a senior Republican figure, perhaps former President George W. Bush, to lead the bipartisan effort for the Republicans.
While on the ground in Haiti, the U.S. military can also interrupt the nightly flights of cocaine to Haiti and the Dominican Republic from the Venezuelan coast and counter the ongoing efforts of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to destabilize the island of Hispaniola. This U.S. military presence, which should also include a large contingent of U.S. Coast Guard assets, can also prevent any large-scale movement by Haitians to take to the sea in dangerous and rickety watercraft to try to enter the U.S. illegally.
Yeah, prevent those rickety watercraft and those illegals, WTF. And sure, let’s send good ole bi-partisan, private contract profiteer, Bush. He’s good at flyovers and that’s about the extent of his humanity, remember Katrina? Haiti deserves aid not a takeover and it damn sure dosen’t need the likes of Xe (Blackwater), Halliburton or KBR.
The Heritage Foundation has really lost their edge as well as their collective minds and how quickly they forgot just what former President Bush did for Haiti.