When Aristide departed, the American government stood aside as the French sent forces into Haiti. The United States then abandoned Haiti to the UN when all the Haitians wanted was 300 Marines.
Now French Chancellor Alain Juppe has promised the Martelly government assistance in reviving the Forces Armees d’Haiti. The Americans want the army, but have been to weak-kneed to state their true desires, preferring to hide behind weak statements.
Now the French have stepped in a said they will coordinate the training, giving them a very strong, long-term foothold in Haiti as America abandons Haiti. No wonder this place is becoming Anti-American.
The Obama team could have gained the support of Haiti’s majority with the promise to revive the FAdH. Had they promised to cover the cost of back wages for the FAdH people, illegally dumped by Aristide, they would have won the hearts of the people.
Instead, the Americans listened to a few ill-informed human rights groups, that never get the facts straight.
Haiti needs the FAdH.
Rather than face this fact, the US Government promised Martelly millions, for the PNH – if he agreed to shelve his plans for the revived military.
Another, in a long line, of missed opportunity…But what’s new??