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Brazilian general blames Kerry
Seven Network ^ | 17/10/04 | AAP

Posted on 10/16/2004 3:22:31 PM PDT by mdittmar

Comments made by Senator John Kerry more than seven months ago may have helped trigger the recent wave of violence afflicting Haiti, according to the Brazilian commander for the UN peacekeeping troops in that Caribbean nation.

In an interview posted on the website of Agencia Brasil, the Brazilian government's official news agency, Lieutenant-General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro said comments made in March by Kerry had raised the hopes of supporters of Jean-Bertrand Aristide that the former Haitian president would be able to return to power.

"Statements made by a candidate to the presidency of the United States created false hopes among pro-Aristide supporters," Ribeiro told the agency. "His (the candidate's) statements created the expectation that instability and a change in American policy would contribute to Aristide's return."

Ribeiro was referring to statements made by Kerry to the New York Times on March 7.

The Democratic presidential candidate told the Times US President George W Bush's position on Haiti was "shortsighted" and sent "a terrible message" to the region and democracies.

Kerry said he would have sent an international force to protect Aristide as rebel forces were threatening to enter the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.

"Look, Aristide was no picnic, and did a lot of things wrong," Kerry said in the Times interview. But Washington "had understandings in the region about the right of a democratic regime to ask for help. And we contravened all of that. I think it's a terrible message to the region, democracies, and it's shortsighted."

Clashes have been frequent in Haiti since a September 30 commemoration of a 1991 uprising that deposed Aristide. He returned but left the country again in February after a bloody three-week revolt.

Accused of corruption, profiting from cocaine-smuggling and using police to suppress his opponents, he left on a US-chartered plane as ex-soldiers leading a bloody rebellion neared Port-au-Prince, the capital.

Now in South Africa, Aristide has accused the US of orchestrating his ouster and insists he remains Haiti's democratically elected leader. The US denies his charges and says he signed his resignation before he boarded the plane.

Brazil has kept 1,200 soldiers in Haiti since May as part of a multilateral UN force. According to a UN resolution in April, the multinational force should have 6,600 soldiers and 1,600 police.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aristide; dihonorable; haiti; irresponsible; kerry; kerryforeignpolicy; lurch; peacekeepers; troublecreator; un
Kerrys' u.n. buddies already feeling hiis effects.
1 posted on 10/16/2004 3:22:31 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Sen. Kerry's definition of Democracy: One Man, One Vote, One Time. Aristide was about as much a 'democrat' as Al Capone, or Saddam Hussein.


2 posted on 10/16/2004 3:27:14 PM PDT by Tallguy (If the Kerry campaign implodes any further, they'll reach the point of "singularity" by election day)
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To: mdittmar
Ain't no American media outlets going to touch this.

Someone should send it to Fox News, Rush, Hannity, Wash Times, NY Post et al.

3 posted on 10/16/2004 3:27:49 PM PDT by GeronL (John Kerry believes in a right to privacy and in gay rights............ ask "fair game" Mary Cheney)
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To: mdittmar

But I thought Kerry had all this international support?


4 posted on 10/16/2004 3:28:21 PM PDT by Koblenz (Not bad, not bad at all. -- Ronald Reagan, the Greatest President.)
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To: mdittmar

Kerry also said that he would send in the US Marines to reinstall this Communist thug--even without UN approval. Have you ever heard Kerry say he would do anything without UN approval? Very strong statement for someone like Kerry. Yep, Kerry has an uncanny ability to always side with the Communists. First he sides with the Viet Cong against our own troops fighting to keep Vietnam. He stood in the way of Reagan's military build up to protect us from the Evil Empire. He blasted Reagan's support of the Contras. He opposed Reagan's liberation of Grenada. And now this.


5 posted on 10/16/2004 3:30:48 PM PDT by MereChristian
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To: mdittmar

Kerry is a blowhard. He opens his mouth without thinking of the consequences. Look at what he has done during his run for the presidency. He says one thing, then another, then another, then another, then another, then another. The rest of the world doesn't need to worry about the U.S. military under a Kerry administration; he could do massive damage by just shooting off his pie hole.

I can't stand that (half of a) man!


6 posted on 10/16/2004 3:30:55 PM PDT by kddid (Hope springs eternal.)
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To: Koblenz
But I thought Kerry had all this international support?

This article is obviously a Republican Dirty Tricks hit-piece.
Clinton and the Democrats turned Haiti into the center of the universe of
enlightenment and prosperity, remember?
You know, just like Clinton, Albright, Richard Clarke, Old Europe and Kofi
prevented the planned genocide in Rwanda.

(end of bitter joking...as the poor Haitians are still living in misery...)
7 posted on 10/16/2004 3:35:13 PM PDT by VOA
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To: VOA

"as the poor Haitians are still living in misery"

Their misery will increase ten-fold if Kerry gets elected (God forbid).


8 posted on 10/16/2004 3:41:17 PM PDT by MereChristian
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To: mdittmar
"the right of a democratic regime to ask for help"

Kerry, you aren't as smart as you think you are. Only a fool would call the Aristide regime "democratic."

Fool.

9 posted on 10/16/2004 3:43:43 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood (Behind every terrorist, there's a tyrant with a checkbook.)
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To: kddid

Can you imagine if he gets elected? He will think he's a god,and God help us all!


10 posted on 10/16/2004 3:48:36 PM PDT by patriciamary
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To: mdittmar
"Look, Aristide was no picnic"

And Aristide's regime was no democracy, Kerry.

FOOL!

11 posted on 10/16/2004 3:52:01 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood (Behind every terrorist, there's a tyrant with a checkbook.)
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To: patriciamary

"He will think he's a god,and God help us all!"

Yep, it would appear the serpent's message to Eve in the Garden of Eden really got his attention.


12 posted on 10/16/2004 3:53:15 PM PDT by MereChristian
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To: mdittmar
I'm bumping this thread again because I think it's important. The President needs not only to know right from wrong, but also who America's friends are. In addition to being an undemocratic thug, Aristide is not and was not ever a friend of the United States. That Kerry makes such comments so recently, and after 9/11, goes a long way toward showing how little he's learned since the 1960s, and just how poor his judgement is.
13 posted on 10/16/2004 4:05:36 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood (Behind every terrorist, there's a tyrant with a checkbook.)
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood

Bump


14 posted on 10/16/2004 4:16:30 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (W'04)
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To: kddid
He opens his mouth without thinking of the consequences.

He & I are about the same age, so he, too, should remember how much trouble that can cause: we have the example of Radio Free America & the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 to learn from.

Guess he didn't pay attention.

15 posted on 10/16/2004 4:27:57 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood

Kerry was pandering to the Congressional Black Congress, who all ran for microphones to defend Aristide. He couldn't even recognize Aristide in a crowd.


16 posted on 10/16/2004 5:22:17 PM PDT by maica (Vietnam Veterans Day is November 2)
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To: mdittmar

Kerry is a stupid dork BUMP!


17 posted on 10/16/2004 5:34:50 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Only dummies play poker with George W. Bush.)
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To: mdittmar

I wake up every day thanking God I'm not afflicted with Liberalism...Progressivism/Greenism/Socialism/Communism/Etc.


19 posted on 10/16/2004 8:21:07 PM PDT by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a veil for MASS MURDERS. Save your time...)
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To: MereChristian

John Kerry is a Communist by every quantifiable measure you can take...anyone that wants Communism in America, John Kerry is your scmuck.


20 posted on 10/16/2004 8:22:37 PM PDT by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a veil for MASS MURDERS. Save your time...)
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To: mdittmar

I wonder if the New York Times will report this?


21 posted on 10/17/2004 7:53:52 PM PDT by SuzyQ2
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