Why Are We in Haiti?

Why Are We in Haiti?

The occupation of Haiti, the first progressive American military intervention since World War II, has also been one of the least supported. In the days leading up to the bloodless invasion, it was nearly impossible to find any American backers outside the White House and the congressional Black Caucus; since September 19, its remarkable success has won lukewarm support in some quarters and willful indifference in others. As long as no Americans are killed, Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole, who lost their voices about two weeks into the occupation, prefer not to call attention to President Clinton’s most impressive foreign policy achievement. When the first picture of a dead American soldier comes back from Haiti, the clamor for withdrawal will start up again—perhaps even sooner, with a Republican Congress. And then who will there be to argue against them?

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