Haiti Relief; The Political Backstory
John Howland from USNA-At-Large, sends this along. It deserves a wide audience.
TJ Hanley and Bob Marsh send; further below Dick Nelson comments —
From a Retired Special Forces Sgt Major:
I served in the SOG (Special Operations Group) in Vietnam with Brockhausen and Hebler, they have both been involved with various disaster relief programs for the last several years to include Hurricane Katrina.
They have both always been straight shooters and known to call a spade a spade, as well as sometimes using very “colorful” language which had to be cleaned up a bit. So I have no doubts as to the truthfulness of what he’s saying.
News back from Nick Brockhausen.
He and Dennis Hebler made it back somewhat safe and sound.
I just returned from Haiti with Hebler. We flew in at 3 AM Sunday to the scene of such incredible destruction on one side, and enormous ineptitude and criminal neglect on the other.
Port o Prince is in ruins. The rest of the country is fairly intact.
Our team was a rescue team and we carried special equipment that locates people buried under the rubble.
There are easily 200,000 dead, the city smells like a charnal house. The bloody UN was there for 5 years doing apparently nothing but wasting US Taxpayers money. The ones I ran into were either incompetents or outright anti American.
Most are French or french speakers, worthless every d*** one of them.
While 1800 rescuers were ready willing and able to leave the airport and go do our jobs, the UN and USAID (another organization full of little Obamites and communists that openly speak against America) These two organizations exemplar their parochialism by:
USAID, when in control of all inbound flights, had food and water flights stacked up all the way to Miami, yet allowed Geraldo Rivera, Anderson Cooper and a host of other left wing news puppies to land.
Pulled all the security off the rescue teams so that Bill Clinton and his wife could have the grand tour, while we sat unable to get to people trapped in the rubble.
Stacked enough food and water for the relief over at the side of the airfield then put a guard on it while we dehydrated and wouldn’t release a drop of it to the rescuers.
No shower facilities to decontaminate after digging or moving corpses all day, except for the FEMA teams who brought their own shower and decon equipment, as well as air conditioned tents.
No latrine facilities, less digging a hole, if you set up a S****** everyone was trying to use it.
I watched a 25 year old Obamite with the USAID shrieking hysterically, berate a full bird colonel in the Air Force, because he countermanded her orders, while trying to unscrew the air pattern. ” You don’t know what your president wants! The military isn’t in charge here, we are!”
If any of you are thinking of giving money to the Haitian relief, or to the UN don’t waste your money. It will only go to further the goals of the French and the Liberal left.
If we are a fair and even society, why is it that only white couples are adopting Haitian orphans. Where the h*** is that vocal minority that is always screaming about the injustice of American society.
Bad place, bad situation, but a perfect look at the new world order in action. New Orleans magnified a thousand times. Haiti doesn’t need democracy, what Haiti needs is Papa Doc. That’s not just my opinion , that is what virtually every Haitian we talked with said. The French run the UN and treat us the same as when we were a colony, at least Papa Doc ran the country.
Oh, and as a last slap in the face the last four of us had to take US AIRWAY’s home from Phoenix. They slapped me with a 590 dollar baggage charge for the four of us. The girl at the counter was almost in tears because she couldn’t give us a discount or she would lose her job. Pass that on to the flying public.
I worked as a political asylum officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the old INS) in Miami, after retiring from my law firm. About one third of our “clientele” came from Haiti, and we were required to learn a lot of information about Haiti’s history, culture, language—and its violent ways. What I am going to say is not a racial statement, it is a cultural statement. Bottom line: an influx of Haitians into the U.S. would be a disaster. The Haitian culture and history are founded on violence, and plenty of it.
There are exceptions, as always, but a mass immigration of Haitians as “refugees” would yield a new population that is largely uneducated, non-English speaking, and which would exist for years on two sources of income: crime and public welfare.
Because the Haitians are now located within their country of nationality, they do not qualify as “refugees” under current law. However, they do have a possibility of using the Asylum laws to get into the U.S, which are administered by USCIS. From that agency’s web site, here is how you qualify for political asylum:
“How Does The Asylum Officer or Immigration Judge Determine If I Am Eligible for Asylum?
The Asylum Officer or Immigration Judge will determine if you are eligible by evaluating whether you meet the definition of a refugee. The definition, which can be found in section 101(a)(42)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), states that a refugee is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to and avail himself or herself of the protection of his or her home country or, if stateless, country of last habitual residence because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. The determination of whether you meet the definition of a refugee will be based on information you provide on your application and during an interview with an Asylum Officer or at a hearing before an Immigration Judge.”
Unfortunately, it is ridiculously easy to qualify, on the basis of a 90 minute interview. If the applicant has been coached, and is willing to lie, he/she can say the right things and the asylum officer is required to accept that testimony, unless the officer has contrary evidence. You will not have much evidence on the applicant, because you are not allowed to contact their country of origin—that might cause “more persecution.” Once they are in, they get permanent work status (“green card”) and often qualify for public benefits. In effect, they are permanent legal immigrants. If they are convicted of a crime, their status can be revoked. However, there is no data link between law enforcement and USCIS, so the feds will never know, in actual practice.
Aside from that, I now worry about our 10,000 troops that will be on the ground in Haiti to maintain order. What rules of engagement will they have, to quell the ubiquitous Haitian street violence? This is a “country” where gangs run the streets, often with the sharp edge of machete. Inevitably, our troops will be placed in a position where they must use lethal force to protect themselves, property, or innocent people. It is simply a matter of time.
When that occurs, and a soldier or Marine takes out a bad guy, are we going to have a turbo-charged version of the Haditha mess or the current SEAL case? I believe we should stay completely out of Haiti, and leave it to the United Nations, who are in business (theoretically) to keep the peace. We should remember that Bill Clinton tried to fix that place for eight years, and could not make a dent.
Dick Nelson ’64