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Haiti Jan 2010 Earthquake in Haiti. .

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Old 15 Jan 10, 08:47
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I'm not too concerned with Haitian corruption at the moment. They have no infrastructure. It will be some time before whoever is left is given the power to say where the money goes. Our immediate concern should be making sure Haiti gets the most out of every dollar. That means monitoring foreign aid agencies and contractors.
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Nothing a division of Marines can't take care of. Our 'Aid' to Haiti needs to be in the form of providing security, food, and water. We absolutely do not need to throw money at this problem. Money will do nothing but encourage corruption at all levels, and recreate the Haiti that existed before.

The quake has given Haiti a once in a lifetime chance to not only rebuild, but totally recreate their nation. We need to help them take advantage of this opportunity.

I'm thinking a battalion of Seabees and a Regiment of Marines, along with an LHD's worth of Helos and rolling stock would be sufficient to help rebuild and provide security in the nation.
For the immediate future that is about all we can do. The US will have to take control of the Country to ensure that aid supplies get to the people. Without an American military intervention, 2 million people will die from starvation and disease. the only real question now is whether we need to deploy even more forces and how long will we be there.
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The key is that we need to deploy the minimum number of troops necessary to accomplish this mission. That way we can ensure they have the least restrictive UOF guidelines possible. If we flood the nation with thousands of troops, we'll end up with UOF guidelines more restrictive than DCPD. We need to understand that some skulls are liable to be cracked in the name of keeping the criminals from taking this place over, again.

We also want to come off as the 'help, backup, assistance, knights in shining armor....', not the 'imperialist American dogs......'. And using the: "As much as necessary, as little as possible" motto allows us to do that.
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We also want to come off as the 'help, backup, assistance, knights in shining armor....', not the 'imperialist American dogs......'. And using the: "As much as necessary, as little as possible" motto allows us to do that.
You mean it's physically possible for us NOT to get that label?: I always figured it came with the territory. If we ignore a situation we're "unconcerned with world affairs" and if we get involved we're "imperialists".
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You mean it's physically possible for us NOT to get that label?: I always figured it came with the territory. If we ignore a situation we're "unconcerned with world affairs" and if we get involved we're "imperialists".
If we leave too big of a foot-print, then we also end up giving the local government a free pass on organizing its own rebuilding. The more we are seen as in control the less accountable the local politicians will be for the progress and failures of the recovery efforts. We need to go in stabilize the situation with aid stations and insure some kind of distribution system for clean water and food rations and nothing more. If we intervene too much, then we are taking accountability for the development of the island away from local politicos.

That being said, we should put an exemption from US Sugar (and any other commodity) tariffs for sugar imported from Haiti. That would provide a market advantage to the Haitians and act as a market-based avenue for the flow of US money to the recovering Haitians economy.
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Sounds good if you can sneak it past the sugar lobby.
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Obama sees this as a moment when he can play savior to a captive nation, and he gets excited whenever he has an opportunity to give away large amounts of taxpayer money.
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I'm no economist but it should be clear to everyone it sounds like bad idea to dump paper bank notes on a country where the banking system has collapsed. What Haiti probably needs is the resources to resume food production, medical supplies, probably heavy equipment to repair roads and bridges.
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