by Bernard P. Lawson, The Chicago Times
July 13, 2021
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is considering sending US forces to Haiti after the country’s crisis-plagued government requested assistance following President Jovenel Moise’s assassination.
The possibility of sending US forces to the country is still a whisper away from decision according to White House sources. Officials appear hesitant to comply with the request for military assistance, which was raised last Wednesday in a conversation between interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Moise was assassinated by a group of “retired” Colombian mercenaries, according to Haitian police, who were aided by several Haitian Americans posing as translators. The assassination’s motive is unknown. However, one of the hired assailants, who claimed to be an interpreter, claims that when his team entered the residence, the president was already dead.
On Sunday, officials from the White House National Security Council and departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and State traveled to Haiti at Haiti’s request for investigative and security assistance. They met with acting Prime Minister Joseph and Prime Minister-Designate Ariel Henry together, along with Senate President Joseph Lambert, each of whom is vying for control.
According to White House sources, Biden was briefed by the delegation on Monday and is taking his time to make a decision.