US Power Vindicated in Haiti

by Ryan on February 1, 2010

in International Relations,Politics

What the nation saw after 9/11 and after Katrina, the world got a glimpse of after the Tsunami and the massive quake in Pakistan:  sublime American power in the form of humanitarian aid and money.  Now, a few impoverished and suffering Haitians articulated something we’d never hear from the international Left and the Obama Nation.  Even more shocking, it was from the Washington Post!   Here’s the noteworthy part of the article:

“I want the Americans to take over the country. The Haitian government can’t do anything for us,” said Jean-Louis Geffrard, a laborer who lives under a tarp in the crowded square. “When we tell the government we’re hungry, the government says, ‘We’re hungry, too.’ ”

Added Canga Matthieu, a medical student whose school was destroyed: “The American government should take care of us.”

“They’re well organized. The United States is the richest country in the world, and they can help.”

Of course, we’re not going to stay in Haiti longer than we have to (unless Haiti can guarantee Obama two Democrat Senators to find a new super-majority) and many refugees in the US will eventually return home.  But… finally, a little recognition of the good American power does in this world!  As a nation, we often give without thought of thanks, but when such a ringing endorsement of sublime American power comes from the mouths of those who’d know it first hand, it feels good.  As many have said:  if you were somehow invaded by a foreign power and had to see another flag rise up on the hill, seeing an American flag is about the best you could hope for.

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