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Obama Admin Lobbying Honduras To Allow Zelaya Back In? Are You Kidding?
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Posted on 01/21/2011 2:04:08 PM PST by Kaslin

What could possibly be the motive behind this lunacy?

On the last day of December last year, Manuel “Mel” Zelaya, the deposed Honduran president and self-described victim of high-frequency radiation attacks by Israeli mercenaries, vowed to the press that he would return to Honduras. Few outside of Honduras have paid much attention to Zelaya’s MacArthur-esque prediction, but it has become apparent there is more behind his declaration than his usual hyperbole and bombastic absurdities.

Behind the scenes in the Obama administration there appears to be a concerted effort to pressure the democratically elected government of President Porfirio Lobo to dismiss charges of misappropriation of government funds and falsifying documents that are pending against Zelaya. This would open the door for his return to the country, and would be certain to undermine the delicate process of reestablishing democracy and order that is currently taking place in this poor and beleaguered nation.

When Zelaya was removed from office in July of 2009, the Obama administration at first joined with leftist dictators Fidel Castro of Cuba, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua in calling for his reinstatement. The Obama White House seemed oblivious to the Honduran constitution, as well as the threat Zelaya posed to the stability of the country and the region. When the courageous Honduran people held firm to their democratic constitution and refused to yield to the pressure exerted by the U.S., the Obama administration found no way of saving face other than reversing course and backing the democratic presidential elections called for by their constitution.

After their amateurish and myopic miscalculation, which exposed the Obama State Department’s lack of experience and incompetence, one could imagine the White House would want to avoid the subject of Honduras and Zelaya altogether. That, however, does not seem to be the case, as we learn from the new chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).

According to Ros-Lehtinen, she has received reports that the State Department is applying considerable pressure on members of the Honduran government to absolve Zelaya of his alleged crimes. In a letter earlier this month to Arturo Valenzuela, the assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs, Ros-Lehtinen calls for an end to the coercion of Honduran officials by the U.S. government that is allegedly taking place:

I am gravely concerned by reports I have received regarding efforts by U.S. officials to pressure the Government of Honduras to absolve former President Manuel Zelaya of the criminal charges he faces in that country and ask, within all applicable rules and guidelines, that if these reports are accurate, the State Department immediately cease exerting such undue influence over duly elected Honduran government officials acting in accordance with Honduran law.

With Honduras’ economy still in shambles in the aftermath of Zelaya’s attempt to install himself as dictator, the U.S. has announced it will not renew a $215-million aid program that ended in December 2010, which provided farming technology to Honduran farmers and helped improve the country’s infrastructure. Whether this decision by the Obama administration is a result of their efforts to pressure Honduran officials to grant amnesty to Zelaya is uncertain. Nevertheless, the news does not come at a good time for the administration, and it harkens back to those treacherous days in 2009 when the White House was threatening Honduras with holding back financial aid if it did not comply with its demands and those of Chavez and Castro.

Although the Obama State Department would like to portray their efforts to return Zelaya to Honduras as an attempt to bring closure and help heal that nation from the wounds it suffered 18 months ago, the reality is the opposite. Zelaya’s return would instead stoke the fires of factionalism and most likely bring more violence to a country that is still struggling to recover from the turmoil it suffered in 2009.

One of the groups leading the charge in Honduras to return and reinstate Zelaya as president is the National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP). This leftist organization has produced a poster calling for Zelaya’s reinstatement that rivals the pomposity of their deposed leader. It features an artistic silhouette of Zelaya wearing his trademark cowboy hat, and it perfectly captures the leftist use of art to portray tyrants as heroes. The FNRP does not try to hide its Marxist dogma — on its website, it proudly declares that it is:

… carrying out a political and social struggle against a savage capitalism that is transnational, monopolistic, and alienating. This struggle is anti-neoliberal, anti-oligarchic, anti-imperialist, anti-patriarchal, and anti-racism, which seeks the transformation of social, political, economic, and educational structures and cultural domination .…

These are the allies of Zelaya in Honduras; leftists who seek the destruction of democracy and the free market in Honduras in order to install a system of “social justice,” which is newspeak for tyranny and enslavement. A return of Zelaya to Honduras would embolden and inspire the FNRP and other leftist groups, ensuring violence and bringing about another attempt to align with countries such as Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Nicaragua, which are all well on their way to a Cuban-style communist dictatorship.

In a country that is still struggling to maintain law and order, where Catholic bishops receive death threats for publicly defending the rule of law and judges recuse themselves from trying the case against Zelaya, the situation is nothing if not volatile. The Obama administration’s insistence on introducing a pretentious despot with a propensity to incite violence into this unpredictable environment goes beyond incompetence and lack of experience; it is blatant recklessness.

One can only surmise what motivation is behind the Obama administration’s decision to continue meddling in Honduran domestic affairs. Whatever the reasons may be, the Obama administration needs to explain itself. If the White House continues pursuing this course, it needs to explain to the American and Honduran people, as well as the rest of the world, why it has decided to put the Honduran people and their democracy in harm’s way.


TOPICS: Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: honduras; manuelzelaya; porfiriolobo
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1 posted on 01/21/2011 2:04:10 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
This type of report really makes me think Obama is not only a Marxist, but one who will turn to violent revolution when it suites his purposes. This sounds like his soul brother is Hugo Chavez.
2 posted on 01/21/2011 2:08:38 PM PST by Truth29
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To: Kaslin
Carter singlehandedly put in place all the steps to have the Sha of Iran and his government toppled - that gave us the freaks that rule Persia now.

Obama, apparently, wants to do Carter one better.

3 posted on 01/21/2011 2:09:33 PM PST by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: Kaslin

Think of the opposite of what someone with common sense would do, and that is precisely what a liberal/progressive would do.


4 posted on 01/21/2011 2:10:23 PM PST by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: HonCitizen; ProudHonduran; TigersEye

Ping.


5 posted on 01/21/2011 2:12:24 PM PST by Truth29
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To: don-o; La Lydia

Ping.


6 posted on 01/21/2011 2:15:56 PM PST by Truth29
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To: potlatch

7 posted on 01/21/2011 2:21:30 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . "- we'll bring a gun!" . . "Fill your hand you skinny son of a bitch! . . .)
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To: lormand
Think of the opposite of what someone with common sense would do, and that is precisely what a liberal/progressive would do.

Yeah, it's probably this, but you can't rule out that Team Obama's sympathies are with the guy who wants to be a Marxist dictator in the Chavez mold.
8 posted on 01/21/2011 2:26:08 PM PST by rockvillem
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To: Truth29; HonCitizen; Girlene; livius; stephenjohnbanker; Son House; ABQHispConservative; Lexinom; ..
Honduras ping

Freepmail me to be added to / removed from Honduras ping list.
Please ping me to threads of interest.
Logo by kanawa

9 posted on 01/21/2011 2:30:41 PM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory; and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: don-o

Oh, here we go again.

Insanity.


10 posted on 01/21/2011 2:32:30 PM PST by paulycy (Liberals suck all the joy out of America. Make them stop.)
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To: Kaslin
What could possibly be the motive behind this lunacy?

With the Obastard administration the motive could only be treachery against the constitutionally elected government of Honduras.

11 posted on 01/21/2011 2:33:18 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Kaslin
When Zelaya was removed from office in July of 2009, the Obama administration at first joined with OTHER leftist dictators Fidel Castro of Cuba, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua in calling for his reinstatement.
12 posted on 01/21/2011 2:36:21 PM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: Kaslin

bflr


13 posted on 01/21/2011 2:40:34 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
With the Obastard administration the motive could only be treachery against the constitutionally elected government of Honduras.

Two unconstitutional kindred spirits they are Obama and Zelaya.

14 posted on 01/21/2011 2:44:13 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Kaslin

0baMao and Hitlery just can’t stand that their communist pet was ousted from Honduras. The last thing they want to see is the rule of law prevailing anywhere in this hemisphere.


15 posted on 01/21/2011 2:48:18 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: Kaslin

From her Wiki bio

Following the 2008 elections, then President-elect Barack Obama rang Ros-Lehtinen to congratulate her on her re-election. She hung up on him, believing that it was a prank call from a radio station. She did the same to Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel when he rang to confirm the original call was genuine, and only accepted the call after Congressman Howard Berman managed to speak to her.[33][34]


16 posted on 01/21/2011 2:50:06 PM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory; and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: don-o

“For the umpteenth time in this administration’s lifetime, I’m really ashamed of my country.” Hang in there Honduras, you stood up to Obama before. Your patriot spirit is awesome.


17 posted on 01/21/2011 2:52:56 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Palin 2012: don't retreat, just restock [chg'd to comply w/ The Civility in Discourse Act of 2011])
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To: Truth29; don-o
Thank you both for the pings.

Viva Honduras! Viva Constitutional Rule of Law!

18 posted on 01/21/2011 2:53:26 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: don-o

A good bit of our State Department has been running a muck for some time. However, since Obama moved to DC from Chicago....it has reached INSANE proportions!


19 posted on 01/21/2011 2:55:19 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: don-o
For whatever it may be worth, I sent this article to Senator DeMint’s office with a request that he get involved.
20 posted on 01/21/2011 3:06:27 PM PST by Truth29
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To: Truth29

Good for you.


21 posted on 01/21/2011 3:14:22 PM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory; and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: Kaslin
You have to be kidding me....

Stopping this ∅ B__tard's subversive menions is like killing a vampire.

FUBO!

FUMEL!

Viva Honduras! Viva Micheletti! Viva Porfirio Lobo!

Obozo's menions are trying again to punish an old U.S. ally who helped us in the days of the Iran Contra effort. This must be stopped.

22 posted on 01/21/2011 3:15:22 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Texas Fossil

The Hondurans should just execute Zelaya for treason the instant he steps onto Honduran soil.The only way to permanently stop evil people is execution.Hanged murderers almost never kill again.


23 posted on 01/21/2011 3:22:10 PM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: lormand

Bump.


24 posted on 01/21/2011 3:26:32 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: Kaslin

What would Peggy say? “Gosh, isn’t he dreamy?”


25 posted on 01/21/2011 3:31:25 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: Leo Farnsworth

Yes, it is because of the peanut farmer from Georgia that we got in the situation we are in and 0bama wants to do the same thing Honduras


26 posted on 01/21/2011 3:34:28 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin; Nachum

Nach - have you seen this??!?!??!


27 posted on 01/21/2011 3:50:00 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Kaslin

Maybe Obama’s doing it to ensure a safe place to go when his house of cards come crashing down.


28 posted on 01/21/2011 3:56:02 PM PST by Jonty30
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

Thanks little jerimiah. I will put it up.

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


29 posted on 01/21/2011 3:56:08 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Un-F’n-believable....


30 posted on 01/21/2011 4:07:42 PM PST by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: Kaslin

Can we lobby to have Obama sent to Kenya?


31 posted on 01/21/2011 4:14:33 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: don-o

Please add me to your Ping list.

Thanx!


32 posted on 01/21/2011 4:19:40 PM PST by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: Kaslin

This should be big news, but it won’t be.


33 posted on 01/21/2011 4:24:39 PM PST by dforest
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To: don-o

thanks for the ping...

no telling what a R house will do about it...

we shall see


34 posted on 01/21/2011 5:26:31 PM PST by Principled (Get the capital back! NRST!)
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To: Principled
no telling what a R house will do about it...

There's damn little they can do.

Beyond appropriation, by Constitutional design, the House has little influence on Foreign Affairs.

35 posted on 01/21/2011 5:38:07 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Kaslin; don-o; Truth29

Thanks for the ping, don-o.

This is incredible - well, no, it’s not incredible, literally speaking, but is all too believable. Obama may be a self-obssessed girly-man sociopathic freak, but he is also a radical leftist - and they never give up.

He is building a barrier of enemies all around us in Latin America. Canada is already socialist and already our enemy, so he doesn’t have to worry about the Canadians, but our democracy did have some friends in Latin America. Not after Bambi gets through with them, it won’t.

Especially if Iran is moving into Costa Rica.


36 posted on 01/21/2011 6:39:41 PM PST by livius
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To: okie01

They can investigate something - get publicity.???


37 posted on 01/21/2011 7:23:26 PM PST by Principled (Get the capital back! NRST!)
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To: Principled
The [House] can investigate something - get publicity.???

That would be the extent of it.

It would be interesting to hear a State Dept representative testify as to why they pressed so hard for Zelaya back in '09.

Were they actually ignorant of what was in the Honduran constitution? Or did they just decide to ignore it.

Who actually gave the orders would also be illuminating...

38 posted on 01/21/2011 7:35:05 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Kaslin

barf bump


39 posted on 01/21/2011 7:42:01 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: okie01
It's all about pandering to Chavez:

WikiLeaks, Honduras and the U.S.

40 posted on 01/21/2011 7:46:37 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: okie01
by Constitutional design, the House has little influence on Foreign Affairs.

The only thing they can do is blow the whistle.

This has the potential to be huge, but that would require a GOP PR apparatus that actually studied Goebbels and knew how to fight red communist sons of bitches in the press and in Congress (the communist "Congressional Progressive Caucus") blow by blow, not pussyfoot around and let a communist CPC member call them Nazis without retaliating.

42 posted on 01/21/2011 8:26:34 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Kaslin
Baby Doc's Back - will Obama Back Aristide?

US revokes visas to pressure Haiti on election (Baby Doc drips with blood....) Fox News ^ | January 21, 2011 | AP

43 posted on 01/22/2011 11:10:05 AM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Elle Bee; All; Spunky; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1035rep; 2ndDivisionVet; 4woodenboats; 5Madman2; ...

In case you missed this.

http://noiri.blogspot.com/2011/01/viva-michelle-malkin-10-years-of-left.html


44 posted on 01/22/2011 2:36:17 PM PST by FARS (Be Healthy, Happy and Thrive)
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To: FARS

Why not.. somebody talked “Baby Doc” into heading back to Haiti.
Three guesses who that was.


45 posted on 01/22/2011 2:40:57 PM PST by Darksheare (I shook hands with Sheryl Crow and all I got was Typhus and a single sheet of toilet paper.)
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To: FARS

Honduras to Obama: We’ll allow Zelaya back when you appoint Palin Co-President. Deal?


46 posted on 01/22/2011 3:56:01 PM PST by Enterprise (TSA - The Silly Agency)
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To: Kaslin

47 posted on 01/22/2011 4:00:18 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Kaslin
This is no real surprise.

The state dept is filled with quasi-commies and wanna be Marxists

Obama is a thinly veiled Marxist so why would anybody be surprised he is supporting, though back door channels, a socialist tin hat wanna be dictator

48 posted on 01/22/2011 4:16:15 PM PST by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: Darksheare
Arastide is the Marxist tied to the Clintons

Baby Doc is the puppet of the Mullatos on the mountain tops

also get to know this guy - not a good guy but better than Aristide ... he hates the Clintons and the Marxists

Samir Mourra

Miami import - export

he was one of the 54 candidates who last ran for President of Haiti - he represents the very powerful mulatto anti-Aristide-Clinton wealth and power of Haiti and other parts of the Caribbean

History repeats itself - the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. The one concept Marx had right.

The elites of Haiti, some of the wealthiest in the Caribbean, will support Baby Doc as will vast numbers of the poor and middle class. They remember the stability and development he and his father sustained.

The oligarchy of these families has ruled and continues to rule Haiti to this day. The return of Baby Doc Duvalier will bring Haiti full circle to where it was 25 years ago. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Few know much about Haiti but they talk a good game. Baby Doc was a mere shadow of a despot compared to Papa Doc who was hardcore despot.

Samir Mourra is the puppet master if Baby is back.

Haiti is one of those sad examples where iron-fisted dictatorship seems to be the only governmental system that works. People we sent to Haiti were stunned by the lack of Haitians' ability to move in any discernible direction beyond hour-to-hour subsistence. Papa Doc and his son, Baby Doc, maintained authoritarian control through an iron fist, the Ton Ton Macoutes, a jack booted force of official militaristic thugs who patrolled the streets with billy clubs.

Under Papa Doc the markets thrived, hospitals were built and there were jobs. Most critically it was safe for tourists to travel throughout Haiti.

Under military rule after the Marxist Aristide was thrown out the economy began to flourish. Many American manufacturers sent raw materials to Haiti to be made into clothing, toys and much more.

Hillary, a fan of Aristide, convinced Bill to throw the military out and reestablish Aristide’s dictatorship.

Clinton’s embargo of all goods into and out of Haiti destroyed the Haitian economy literally overnight. When American support left in a matter of days a full 90% of the Haitian economy was devastated. They have never recovered.

It is worse than outrageous that the most hated American in Haiti, Bill Clinton, is overseeing Haitian relief and reconstruction efforts. It is not incidental that these efforts are failing miserably.

This is a deeply corrupt nation. Corruption is tolerated if it brings with it some real improvement in the lives of the people. Not trying to boost dictators...just making a comment about the unrest and out of control behavior down there...

Baby Doc will come to power by mobilizing the masses, overthrowing the government and establishing a dictatorship. This is Haiti’s long legacy. He will throw all foreigners out of the country. Then, we shall see. I do not expect O has the audacity to oppose him. Baby Doc won’t have the support of Obama, because the professional black left supports the little Marxist, Aristide, and considers Duvalier to be a right-wing CIA puppet.

Nearly all of the infrastructure was put in place during the US Marine occupation after WWII but predating Doc, even less so following Aristide’s return.

I look forward to the Generals' return, those who threw the little Marxist, Aristide, off the island the first time. They were a respite of peace, stability and economic recovery. Clinton’s special ambassador to Haiti, Carter, pushed them out of the country and quite literally brought down the house, another fine example of Carter watering the tree of despotism with the blood of innocents.

Haitians are unable to think in terms of "future," because they're in a vicious cycle of tending to their most basic, immediate needs at the expense of any semblance of forward societal and economic movement.

Hate to say it, but it seems a dictatorial regime headed by the likes of Gen. Raoul Cedras or Baby Doc Duvalier, with all their attendant warts, may be the best hope for Haiti... at least for now.

If nothing else, a sense of order, however harshly imposed, may create opportunities for an eventual return of tourism and a regeneration of manufacturing in that unfortunate country. If "made in Haiti" vs. "made in China" will bring some needed revenue down there, I'm for it.

Perhaps at least the ox carts will run on time.

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49 posted on 01/22/2011 6:16:52 PM PST by Elle Bee
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To: FARS

Thanks for the ping!


50 posted on 01/22/2011 7:14:21 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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