Chavez Accuses the United States of Using Earthquake to Occupy Haiti

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez yesterday accused the United States of seeking to occupy Haiti by sending troops to the island. That’s right, you got us. We want to occupy one of the poorest nations on Earth in the midst of a complete breakdown of services and society. That is because our work in Iraq and Afghanistan are going so well. He really caught us on this one.

Chavez stated “I read that 3,000 soldiers are arriving, Marines armed as if they were going to war. There is not a shortage of guns there, my God. Doctors, medicine, fuel, field hospitals, that’s what the United States should send. They are occupying Haiti undercover . . .On top of that, you don’t see them in the streets. Are they picking up bodies? … Are they looking for the injured? You don’t see them. I haven’t seen them. Where are they?”

Chavez is working with Russia to send some planes with relief supplies. He of course ignores the fact that no one has come close to the $100 million already pledged by the U.S. or thousands of personnel sent to the island. He also seems to omit mention that some relief organizations are leaving the island due to the breakdown in law and order as gangs take over certain areas.

In the meantime, Chavez has ordered the nationalization of a French company, here, this week and continues his crackdown on the free press.

He is living proof of why circus clowns are so scary.

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26 thoughts on “Chavez Accuses the United States of Using Earthquake to Occupy Haiti”

  1. To ThirtyPercenter:

    You ask why the US would want to occupy Haiti. The short answer: there’s a lot of money in povertry.

    The truth is we did occupy Haiti in the last century AND, ever since, manipulated the its leadership and economy for the sake of the same monied elite that controls the US. If it’s good enough for us it’s good enough for them !!

    While we’ve been able to control the situation for some time without the presence of troops, you can surely appreciate that this is an obvious point at which our previous “investment” will have to be “protected.”

    Bush II just was interviewed by Schieffer(sp). He made it clear that his and Clinton’s fund will be used for “rebuilding” Haiti. You can be sure it will be done in the image of international profiteers – like the New Orleans model.

    Excerpts from the links I’ve posted above follow.

    (Rall) “From 1915 to 1934, the U.S. Marines imposed harsh military occupation, murdered Haitians patriots and diverted 40 percent of Haiti’s gross domestic product to U.S. bankers. Haitians were banned from government jobs. Ambitious Haitians were shunted into the puppet military, setting the stage for a half-century of U.S.-backed military dictatorship.”

    (prairie2) “Haiti became one of the first countries to be totally globalized thanks to Bill Clinton who got their agreement to this formula for poverty literally at the point of a gun in 1995. He also embargoed their police and emergency services to make them more dependent on the international community which is multiplying the current suffering.”

    (patrick) “It is sad to hear journalists who have rushed to Haiti in the wake of the earthquake give such misleading and even racist explanations of why Haitians are so impoverished, living in shanty towns with a minimal health service, little electricity supply, insufficient clean water and roads that are like river beds.

    This did not happen by accident. In the 19th century it was as if the colonial powers never forgave Haitians for staging a successful slave revolt against the French plantation owners. US Marines occupied the country from 1915 to 1934. Between 1957 and 1986 the US supported Papa Doc and Baby Doc, fearful that they might be replaced by a regime sympathetic to revolutionary Cuba next door.

    President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a charismatic populist priest was overthrown by a military coup in 1991, and restored with US help in 1994. But the Americans were always suspicious of any sign of radicalism from this spokesman for the poor and the outcast and kept him on a tight leash. Tolerated by President Clinton, Aristide was treated as a pariah by the Bush administration which systematically undermine him over three years leading up to a successful rebellion in 2004 led by local gangsters acting on behalf of a kleptocratic Haitian elite and supported by right wing members of the Republican Party in the US.

    So much of the criticism of President Bush has focused on his wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that his equally culpable actions in Haiti never attracted condemnation. But if the country is a failed state today, partly run by the UN, in so far as it is run by anybody, then American actions over the years have a lot to do with it.”

  2. mr. ed:

    no, just sound construction. it was in the contract, the building had to stand up to a devil of an earthquake.

  3. Empire Cookie:

    “I guess the Argentinians did not make a pact with the devil.”

    more probably better building codes and construction practices. Some of the buildings in Haiti did remain standing.

  4. then let that little prick pony up the billions that it is going to take to rebuild that country and we will be happy to leave.

    What a little clown. The people of Venezuela ought to arrest that little schmuck and throw him in jail.

  5. This is really just a matter of people not paying attention to Chavez, so like a 5 year old brat he has to throw a tantrum until some cameras point his way.

  6. Lets think about this claim of Chavez’s for a moment.

    For what possible purpose would the US want to occupy Haiti?
    What do they have? Do they have rich oil reserves? Are they strategically located?

    I can see no possible motive for the US wanting to occupy Haiti.

  7. While Chavez is obviously engaging in weasely spin, it’s unfortunate that the US doesn’t have a non-military rapid disaster reaction force that could do this sort of work around the world without it being under the auspices of the military.

    As for the magnitude of support coming from countries around the world, I think we need to scale it to population and GDP. A team of about 37 rescue workers from Iceland headed to Haiti – that’s from a nation with a population of about 300,000. That means that 1 out of every 9,000 people in Iceland is currently in Haiti digging people out of the rubble.

    While USD$100 million from the US is a good start, my semi-wild guestimate to rebuild infrastructure (roads, bridges, sewers, electrical) and the basic level of housing and commercial structures that would be needed, is that we’re talking tens of Billions in USD over most of the next decade. At the same time, Afghanistan needs similar rebuilding, but they have a “cash crop” and Haiti doesn’t.

  8. Earthquake hits off Argentina coast; no damages

    A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of Argentina on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no reports of injuries or damages.

    The quake was centered about 220 miles (355 km) southeast of Ushuaia, Argentina, at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km), USGS said. It struck at 8 a.m. local time (1200 GMT).

    No tsunami warnings were issued by the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center or the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

    “The quake was not felt in Ushuaia and there are no victims or damages,” Hector Varela, an Argentine civil defense official told the Telam state-run news agency.

    (Reporting by Jorge Otaola; Writing by Americas Desk and Kevin Gray, Editing by Sandra Maler)

  9. Magnitude 6.0 quake hits Guatemala coast – USGS 18 Jan 2010 16:01:03 GMT
    Source: Reuters
    WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Guatemala’s Pacific coast near the border with El Salvador on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

    It said the quake, 64.2 miles (103.3 km) deep, was centered 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Guatemala City.

  10. Haiti has oil? Are we taking over the voodoo doll market, throwing millions of Louisiana’s most productive out of work to blackmail Mary Landrieu?

  11. To equal that economic and humanitarian powerhouse, Guyana, we’d have to pledge about $12 billion on a GDP basis.

    It’s not clear how much Guyana (and venezuela) have previously taken and/or prevented Haiti from having compared to us:

  12. I think many countries come close to the aid from the US. I checked the most likely candidate: Norway. They already pledged $20 million. Controlled for the size of the population, the US would have to pledge roughly 1,3 billion to equal those made by the Norwegian government.

    I wish the myth that the US spends the most on these things than every would country, would die soon. It simply isn’t true.

  13. Wow. Written as if our president(s) have done better.
    Comparing circus clowns, I’d much rather see Chavez than anyone we have had to deal with here in my entire life of voting.
    I suggest adding more than the one sentence jab at Chavez, at least to prove you understand the situation down there.

  14. Well, some consider the help of the US as a double edged sword. However, the press is another story. Is all press here free? I do see both sides but am not unhappy that we are sending humanitarian aide to Haiti. When did Chavez step up to the plate, before complaining of the US doing something.

    I am always going to get back to you on that…..

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