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Biden and Haiti – Cause and Effect

Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2021
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Cause and effect work in diplomacy, as they do in physics. Prior to the July 2021 assassination of Haiti’s president and the August 2021 earthquake, Haiti struggled. While facing endemic poverty, corruption, and agitation, stability was possible. After these events, Haiti sought American help. Biden did nothing. Haitians now flood our border. Biden failed – again.

To understand Haiti, context is vital. Everyone from Jimmy Carter and Colin Powell to Obama and Trump have – grousing aside – tried to help Haiti. Haiti has unique problems, from geography to public health and safety. Still, progress was being made with backsteps.

A terrible earthquake in 2010 set the country back, but successive administrations helped. This includes forward-leaning efforts during the Trump years. By 2019, trade preferences had Haiti’s economy clawing back. As the US economy surged under Trump, industries like apparel –90 percent of Haiti’s exports – were thriving. In that year, the industry boasted 50,000 jobs.

Likewise, while political issues created turbulence, other highwater marks were recorded. Haiti recorded zero cholera cases, hope rose with 27,000 new jobs from “private sector competitiveness” effort, and while security was a concern, political outmigration was no higher than normal.

Then came the devastating assassination of Haiti’s president in July of this year. That is what an insurrection looks like. It was horrific and turned the nation upside down.

As a former Assistant Secretary of State under Colin Powell, whose job focused on unstable regions, some principles resonate. Without security – including law enforcement – stability slips. Without stability, civil societies do not work, no investment, rising fear, and lawlessness.

In July, the proverbial writing was on the wall. Haiti needed immediate support. How? As with past instability, they needed US troops, directly or under UN command. That, we know, works. Biden did nothing. Secretary of Defense and State Austin and Blinken did nothing.

A weak branch can bear a heavy bird, but two birds will often break the branch. They did. In August, a devastating earthquake hit. While we responded, slowly – no security support.

While humanitarian aid is useful, recall the principles: No security, no stability. No stability, civil societies do not work – crime, fear, lawlessness, lack of hope follow. They did in Haiti.

Mr. Biden was preoccupied with fleeing Afghanistan, no time for little Haiti. Of course, in retrospect, maybe Haiti is better off without his attention. That said a self-stoking disaster.

Once Biden’s indifference was obvious, security nowhere, people hoping to save their lives fled. Unlike in Afghanistan, where the Taliban hold Americans and allies, Haiti had a backdoor – Mexico.

So, Biden’s indifference to Haiti’s security needs, preoccupation with Afghanistan, and on-again, off-again cogency left Haitians with a simple choice – face insufferable conditions or get out.

Not only did they leave, but last week the US Ambassador, appointed by Biden, followed them. In protest of Biden’s failed foreign policy, which has now included a strange combination of deporting Haitians back to a lawless country and pushing 15,000 of them into America’s Heartland, Ambassador Daniel Foote – whom I respect – left.

This tragedy was preventable. The 30,000 Haitians on US soil who should never have been here, and which Mr. Biden could easily have encouraged to stay in Haiti by paying attention to what Trump, Obama, Bush 43, Clinton, and Bush 41 had done – fled because they had no security.

Reality: We reap as we sow. Biden is doing that now. Cause and effect work in diplomacy, as in physics. If Biden were cognitively engaged in July, this would not have happened.

A real insurrection occurred in Haiti, and it left the president dead, the first lady in the hospital, nation in disarray. Instability was predictable, making security essential. The August earthquake iced the cake, forced a vital reaction – security assistance – only Biden stumbled, missed that.

If you get down to it, this is why we are now awash in COVID-untested Haitians, terrified to go home. Some combination of security assistance, deportations tied to security, and immediate humanitarian aid remain vital. Words are cheap. Action is real. Biden continues failing.

Like in Afghanistan, Biden failed miserably in Haiti, misread events, and caused calamity. It seems he did not care or is not all there. Foresight, planning, and courage are among his deficits.

Failures in foreign and domestic policy are becoming Biden’s hallmark. But he is good at the podium pivot and probably basement darts; maybe that is why he goes to Delaware every weekend and is never in DC. The less he knows, the less he does – cause and effect.

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Max
Max
2 years ago

Last two paragraphs of the article states it all.

Boz
Boz
2 years ago

The probIem is that we are under attack, both at the border and from within at the point of D.C. l do not see petitions, Ietters, phone caIIs, “voting”, protests, vigiIs, etc. soIving ANY of this. How did that work out for our CoIoniaI ancestors?

Lizzy
Lizzy
2 years ago

These Hatians have been residing in S America for several years! They had Refugee status. No reason to come here EXCEPT our advertised FREE STUFF!!!

RC100
RC100
2 years ago

What I want to know is…. how in hell did the masses of Haitians get to South America and Central America? They appear to be poor, uneducated, but well fed. I smell a Soros (or his ilk) in the weeds.
They certainly didn’t paddle a small boat to SA.

Hal
Hal
2 years ago

DemocRat Joe Hidin’ Biden has a policy now that says, “We will help Haitians and to H-E-DoubleHockeyStick with how it hurts US citizenry.” Our great Nation can not be a refuge for all the needy people in the World to escape political systems and tyranny because they have not wisely survived in their own country. The USA is no longer the magnet for the World’s needy and abused citizens that want to pour in to this Nation. C’mon, DemocRats. give priority and enforcement of this Naiton’s laws created under a Constitutional Democracy.

Jeff Noncent
Jeff Noncent
2 years ago

The Devil knows exactly what he is doing and it’s going to get worse and it’s not even a year yet we see this kind of stupidity chaos and Demonic behavior in the part of the government of America.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

Dems & Haiti do Nothing, see Clinton scam then in the 90s: Zero.
Same with Biden Zero

J. Farley
J. Farley
2 years ago

I saw one of these slime-bag freeloaders from HAITI , on Fox and Friends this morning, bad mouthing President Trump, this morning. Here’s a thought, take him back to Haiti, by Airplane, BUT, don’t land the Airplane, just throw his Butt out from 30,000 feet.

Willy E
Willy E
2 years ago

BIDEN is just following his PROGRESSIVE agenda instructions as the ADMINISTRATOR of the UNITED STATES, CORPORATION, which is to reduce the world population. The results promote the GREAT RESET, and at the same time cause our country to fail. However, the United States of America is still simmering and hopefully will come to a boil soon. The sooner the better. We really do need a President.

Hal
Hal
2 years ago

I can’t help but to be concerned that the 15,000 Haitians are ready to be primed to play a ridding role in the upcoming National elections. And I don’t feel like I’m obsessing…….

Todd Wagner
Todd Wagner
2 years ago

They stepped on the1st soon time to pull out the 2nd.Law suits are coming.

HagarTHorrible
HagarTHorrible
2 years ago

Why do we give a damn about that sweltering cesspool? They cannot blame a colonial past like the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa, or far Southeast Asia. The folks running Haiti today are the same folks that have been in control since about 1811…when they brutally butchered men, women and children to achieve nationhood. The country of Haiti is only about 25 years younger than the USA. Just maybe some peoples are incapable of self-governance? That truism is not going to be popular, but oftentimes the TRUTH HURTS!

Rik
Rik
2 years ago

Just what America NEEDS RIGHT NOW, more angry black people who will riot if not appeased. . . . I’ll bet that if “white” Conservatives would “protest”, we’d be attacked by government troops in riot gear! . . . PREPARE TO FIGHT OR FOREVER LOSE YOUR RIGHTS! ! !

anna hubert
anna hubert
2 years ago

Cause and effect = “help for developing nations”=pouring water into a sinkhole.Will we ever learn that misplaced charity produces useless dependents who expect to be taken care of and have a fit when least is expected of them.

'-james
'-james
2 years ago

Someone needs a more observant editor.

Jim
Jim
2 years ago

I think the facts tell us that these Haitians were living in South America for a couple/few years waiting to come north.

Hal
Hal
2 years ago

Biden is trying to make the Haitian’s seeking illegal status as US residents is tending to make most American citizens think “I hate the effort by Joe Hidin’ Biden to slip them in to the US so the DemocRat Party can use them to try to continue to rig elections.”

Charlotte A Mahin
Charlotte A Mahin
2 years ago

Letting the Haitians come here and stay and bringing Afghans who were not helping us in Afghanistan ( and not vetted in any way) is just part of the Marxist plan. They are filling our country with people of color, many with no education or skills and are promising to support them for as long as they want it. They plan to give them the right to vote asap and the Marxists politicians are counting on being in control forever. These are the proverbial “chickens coming home to roost” that O’Bama’s long time reverend Jeremiah Wright talked about. Recall, he also said it is not God bless American, it is god damned America. They are quickly destroying our Democratic Republic. We are more than half way there….they own big business, social media, a news media that is nothing but another arm of the Marxist party, the entertainment world, our universities, etc. The DC Biden crowd and their friends own the FBI, DOJ and the IRS that were totally corrupted by O’Bama and Biden. They have disdain for upholding our laws and blatantly lie every time they open their evil mouths. Nothing short of a miracle will stop this powerful train from mowing us all down. All we can do is contact our Congressional Reps and volunteer to assist in Conservative advocacy groups and pray.

Raes
Raes
2 years ago

These Haitians have not been residing in Haiti, they are from Chile and Brazil…yes…the current administration should have responded to Haiti…but what’s that got to do with the current invasion…THEY ARE NOT LIVING IN HAITI!…why are we so consumed with this…as well as…covid…these illegals have Aids, TB,
Hepatitis, Measles, Mumps, and various skin diseases…all are very contagious… it’s not their fault if they never got vaccinated…but this is more of a reason…that they should not enter our Country…
It seems that this administration wants to get rid of most American citizens…we love our freedom and they want new citizens…illegals will be more submissive…this is a better fit for their agenda…

Karen
Karen
2 years ago

We don’t want them here, nor do we want anyone else. Stop this ridiculous crap! CLOSE THE BORDERS NOW!!!!!!!!!

Robin Walter Boyd
Robin Walter Boyd
2 years ago

Joe Biden has only failed on everything he’s done when judged by American standards under the Constitutional Republic we are supposed to be and as a free capitalist nation, which we are also supposed to be. In the eyes of those who are controlling Joe Biden, Biden has been quite a success.|
Every situation is a manner of perspective. The winner gets to write the history books. If the U.S. continues to be so successfully forced into Socialism, then Joe Biden will be regarded as a hero to Socialist and Communist regimes that will have control over American citizens and the U.S. Don’t expect Truth, Justice or the American way, however.

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