Joe Biden also deserves some credit on Haiti.
The political establishment wanted us to occupy Haiti after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse last month. Joe looked at the polls and realized that there was no support for yet another doomed attempted to civilize and uplift Haiti. It would be another debacle like Afghanistan.
“LES CAYES, Haiti — With broken bones and open wounds, the injured jammed into damaged hospitals or headed to the airport, hoping for mercy flights out. A handful of doctors toiled all night in makeshift triage wards. A retired senator used his seven-seat propeller plane to ferry the most urgent patients to emergency care in the capital.
A day after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake killed at least 1,300 people and injured thousands in western Haiti, the main airport of the city of Les Cayes was overwhelmed Sunday with people trying to evacuate their loved ones to Port-au-Prince, the capital, about 80 miles to the east.
There wasn’t much choice. With just a few dozen doctors available in a region that is home to one million people, the quake aftermath was turning increasingly dire. …”
Haiti DOES NOT need American leadership.
There is nothing that can be done to fix Haiti. We know this from experience because progressives have occupied Haiti twice under Woodrow Wilson and Bill Clinton. The U.N. has occupied and has been trying to “stabilize” Haiti since 2004. It has proven to be a waste of time.
In 1884, the former British consul Sir Spenser St. John summed up the course of Haiti’s history in the introduction of book, Hayti, or the Black Republic:
“With regard to the history of this country, materials abound for writing a very full one, but I do not think it would prove interesting to the general reader. It is but a series of plots and revolutions, followed by barbarous military executions.”
Sir Spenser St. John, Hayti, or, The Black Republic, p.x
In 1900, Hesketh Prichard would later add this in his book:
“Corruption has spread through every portion and department of the government. Almost all the ills of the country may be traced to their source in the tyranny, the ineptitude, and the improbity of those at the helm of state. …
It is not overstating the case to say that the ambitions of the average Haytian politician on entering office are not towards the advancement of his country or projects of reform; his main idea is to make a fortune for himself and to use his power to avenge his personal resentments. In the former connection, there is a national proverb: “it is no robbery to rob the state.”
Hesketh Prichard, Where Black Rules White: A Journey Across and About Hayti, p.281
The entire history of Haiti can be summed up as an endless series of plots, coups and assassinations, the inexorable enervation and decline of civilization and prostration and helplessness in the wake of natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes which other countries are able to recover from.
Spenser St. John describes of the aftermath of the Le Cap earthquake of 1842:
“Cap-Haïtien never recovered from the fearful effects of the earthquake of 1842, when several thousands of its inhabitants perished. To this day they talk of that awful event, and never forget to relate how the countrypeople, rushed in to plunder the place, and how none lent a helping hand to aid their half-buried countrymen. Captain Macquire and myself used to wander about the ruins, and we could not but feel how little energy remained in a people who could leave their property in such a state. It was perhaps cheaper to build a trumpery house elsewhere.
One of those who suffered most during that visitation wrote before the earth had ceased trembling, “Against the acts of God Almighty no one complains,” and then proceeded to relate how the dread earthquake shook down or seriously injured almost every house; how two-thirds of the inhabitants were buried underneath the fallen masonry; how the bands of blacks rushed in from the mountains and plain, not to aid in saving their wretched countrymen, whose cries and groans could be heard for two or three days, but to plunder the stores replete with goods; and – what he did complain of – how the officers and men of the garrison, instead of attempting to keep order, joined in plundering the small remnants of what the rest of the inhabitants could save from the tottering ruins. What a people!”
In our new progressive era, Afghanistan is still the graveyard of empires. Haitians are still assassinating their presidents and being devastated by earthquakes. The vast majority of Americans seemed to have wised up to the incompetence and corruption of our ruling class and their inability to fix foreign countries when they can’t even fix this country. There is no appetite for interventions.
Note: Don’t get me wrong.
I’m not saying that Joe Biden’s foreign policy is ideal. He has already granted an amnesty to Haitian refugees from the last earthquake. He is also resettling thousands of refugees from the war zone in Afghanistan. I’m just saying that it could be worse. We could be babysitting both countries.