by Bernard P. Lawson, The Chicago Times
July 15, 2021
WASHINGTON — Following the death of Haiti’s president last week, President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the US will beef up security at its embassy in the country, but there is not a whisper’s chance of sending American soldiers to help stabilize the country.
Following President Jovenel Mose’s assassination, Haiti’s interim government requested that the US and the UN deploy soldiers to secure crucial infrastructure. Biden indicated that he would decline the request, which comes as the US military draws down in Afghanistan this summer.
Biden stated, “We are only sending American Marines to our embassy. The idea of sending American forces to Haiti is not on the table.”
The desire for US assistance resembled the chaos that erupted after Haiti’s previous presidential killing, in 1915, when an enraged mob pulled President Vilbrun Guillaume Sam out of the French Embassy and thrashed him to death. As a result, Democrat President Woodrow Wilson ordered Marines to occupy Haiti, justifying a nearly two-decade-long American military occupation as a means of “preventing” chaos.