Mullen leads trip to Haiti, faces Preval’s ire on allegation-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

February 27, 2010
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By Craig Whitlock
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 27, 2010; A09

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — Haitian President René Préval faces many challenges: a country in ruins, a government in tatters, a traumatized population. But on Friday, he wanted to get something else off his chest.

On an unseasonably cool day in the capital, Préval greeted a delegation of high-ranking U.S. officials visiting his temporary offices at a makeshift U.N. compound. The group, led by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was on a day trip from Washington to pay a courtesy call and to ask what else the United States could do to help Haiti recover.

Préval welcomed the visitors warmly. But when he spied two reporters from The Washington Post and the Associated Press, he changed his tune.

To the mystification of his guests, Préval complained that he had been unfairly tarred as a corrupt leader who has been profiting, along with his government, from the flood of relief aid that has poured into Haiti since the Jan. 12 earthquake.

“There is no corruption here,” he declared. “We have a high sense of morality.”

Préval’s ire was apparently prompted by a news article he said he had read recently by a U.S. journalist he referred to as “Michelle Porte.” Turning away from the official delegation seated around a table with him, Préval spoke directly to the two journalists behind him, asking if they knew the offending reporter and how she could have accused him of malfeasance.

The U.S. officials looked befuddled. Cheryl Mills, State Department counselor and chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, responded that Washington wanted to ensure “that all resources that are brought to bear will be brought to bear appropriately.”

The mysterious Porte’s identity could not be confirmed Friday, nor her alleged story located.

Mullen tried to reassure the Haitian president that the Pentagon is not preoccupied with the question of corruption and agreed with Mills that the United States is mainly interested in “making sure the resources go to the right place.”

Préval appeared unsatisfied. “Honestly, it’s starting to tire me,” he said of the purported corruption allegations. That prompted Pentagon officials to escort the U.S. reporters from the room so the meeting could continue without the sideshow.

But Préval returned to the issue after the meeting adjourned 20 minutes later. As he left the conference room, he and his aides chased down the AP and Post reporters as they were boarding a bus with Mullen’s contingent. Waving his BlackBerry at the reporters, he said, “Tell Michelle Porte I said, ‘Hi.’ ” Later, Mullen said his meeting with Préval “went well” and that the president did not “add any more” to his remarks on corruption after the journalists left the room. Without giving details, he said Préval had made additional requests for relief aid.

Mullen, on his first trip to Haiti since the earthquake, made the rounds Friday visiting U.S. forces who have been assisting with humanitarian efforts near Port-au-Prince.

About 11,000 U.S. troops are currently deployed to Haiti, with about 6,000 working onshore. That is down from an earlier peak of 20,000, as the military gradually reduces its presence. On Thursday, a battalion from the 82nd Airborne Division left the country, although three others remain.

Mullen also toured the USNS Comfort, a hospital ship moored in the capital’s harbor, whose teams have treated hundreds of Haitians. Only seven patients remained on the vessel Friday, well-cared for by the crew of 970 personnel.

Navy Cmdr. Tim Donahue, the Comfort’s director of surgery, said it was unclear when the ship would be able to return to its home port in Baltimore. He said the crew had been treating 75 patients as recently as a few days ago but had discharged most of them now that onshore hospitals are largely back in service.

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COMMENT: HAITIAN-TRUTH.ORG

Quote from article: Mullen tried to reassure the Haitian president that the Pentagon is not preoccupied with the question of corruption and agreed with Mills that the United States is mainly interested in “making sure the resources go to the right place.”

He cannot focus upon “making sure the resources go to the right place” if he doesn’t do something about the corruption of President Rene Preval and his band of thieves. THE ADMIRAL MUST BE FOCUSED ON CORRUPTION OR GREED…SOMEONE MUST BE FOCUSED ON CORRUPTION   AND GREED OR THOUSANDS MORE WILL DIE BECAUSE OF PREVAL’S CRIMINAL ACTIVITY!!! IF THE AMERICANS DON’T HELP CONTROL THINGS – THE NATION IS DOOMED!!!.

Quote from article:

Navy Cmdr. Tim Donahue, the Comfort’s director of surgery, said it was unclear when the ship would be able to return to its home port in Baltimore. He said the crew had been treating 75 patients as recently as a few days ago but had discharged most of them now that onshore hospitals are largely back in service.

What planet is Commander Tim Donahue on?  Onshore hospitals are almost non-existent!  The University of Miami has a temporary one at the airport. Amier Haiti has a temporary one across from the American embassy. There is a private hospital, with about 40 beds in Petionville and the General Hospital is generally non-functional. Canape Vert Hospital, the main facility before the quake…is non-existent.

The situation, medically and otherwise, is almost as bad as it was minutes after the quake. The health problems are going to get exponentially worse…with the start of the rainy season as infections and disease take hold. People are now dying from run away infections. Others are facing amputations because of untreated infections. People in the countryside have yet to receive any assistance since the quake.

Don’t abandon the Haitian people now as their true need is becoming apparent.

The American government could suggest that Preval step down.

That would be the biggest gift they could offer.

IN ANY EVENT – IT LOOKS LIKE THE HAMMERING OF PREVAL – FOR HIS UNCONTROLLED CRIMINALITY – IS HAVING AN EFFECT. KEEP SHOOTING!!!

6 Responses to “ Mullen leads trip to Haiti, faces Preval’s ire on allegation-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth ”

  1. Patrick Rocourt on February 28, 2010 at

    The valid accusation seem to bother Preval, but not sufficiently to stop his depridations. All of the markets have humanitarian food and things on sale.

    Many parts of our countryside are still yet waiting for help and have had none since the Janvier 12 quake. Many are dead. Many injured. Many starving.

    Old saying fits. Out of sight out of mind.

  2. John Ellis on March 1, 2010 at

    Preval smells a double-cross, and rightly so. For he is just a paid actor working for the Haiti rich, all the various military units are there to do the will of the rich, and this means that the Preval and his government must be blamed for all problems so that no public attention is directed at the rich. A most dangerious position for Preval, a could get wasted by the CIA if a not careful Preval.

  3. John Ellis on March 1, 2010 at

    If I were Preval, and wanted to live to see another day, I would quickly call back President Aristide from Africa. The Haiti rich plan on a mass genocide by starvation, to draw attention away from them they need a major distraction, and no doubt plan a minor rebellion. Surely, and only a return of Aristide would put a stop to such an abomination.

  4. Nessie on March 2, 2010 at

    Aristide is no better than Preval…He is even more corrupted than Preval would ever be. We Haitians need to move forward, and learn from their past, not live in the past. Aristide belongs to Haiti’s past, and that is where he belongs. Unfortunately, all the prospective leaders worked or grew up through the likes of Aristide: corrupted, heartless leaders who never really care about the less fortunate Haitians, about Haiti. Again, Aristide was the worst: he used his concern for the poor as a facade to retain power and rob the country of the little that was left. He used the uneducated mass to his advantage, keeping them ignorant, illiterate, but arming them and inciting them to hate the ones that own something, irrespective of the ones who worked hard to get to that place. Aristide is a thief, a murderer, a liar, and will forever be…His terms as president have done more harm to Haiti, to the Haitian people, to the Haitian identity, the Haitian youth, than all the other presidencies combined, and that’s including the dictatorship of the Duvaliers…Aristide is no answer for Haiti’s torment

  5. Nessie on March 2, 2010 at

    Please read “learn from OUR past” in the above comment.Thank you!

  6. WHAT ! on March 2, 2010 at

    The Guy calling for Aristides return is one of the biggest morons I ‘ve ever read … Genocide !!!
    Either you dont have eyes to see or a mind to comprehend what this ” Thing ” did to the country

    Shame on you sir…