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Old 22 Jan 10, 07:14
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BTW. One can clearly see Haitian border from space, in Dominican side there are forests, and healthy looking nature, in Haitian side there are little brushes and naked land and mountain sides. That Dominicans still have their forest largely intact is some long lasting achievements from their late dictator Trujillo, who despite his many flaws was some kind of natural preservionist.

Haiti suffers badly from erosion of arable land, because of deforestation, overpopulation will not help things there.
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I bet...

That the current administration would gladly essentially make them the 51st state for "compassionate humanitarian" reasons.

As long as they'd vote for the Dems
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Why should we take Haiti? We already have enough trouble trying to run Puerto Rico, Guam, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Mariana Islands. Our plate is more then full ...

Give Haiti to the French. Let them make it a department de outre'mer or whatever they call their modern colonies. The French already have a few colonies in the Caribbean - St. Martin (shared with the Dutch who also have Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, and a few others), Martinique, Guadalupe, and French Guiana on the mainland. The British still have a few colonies down there as well IIRC.

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What trouble do we have with those terriories? Less than with some of the 50 states.
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What's wrong with American Samoa?They football player goldmine!
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Why should we take Haiti? We already have enough trouble trying to run Puerto Rico, Guam, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Mariana Islands. Our plate is more then full ...

Give Haiti to the French. Let them make it a department de outre'mer or whatever they call their modern colonies. The French already have a few colonies in the Caribbean - St. Martin (shared with the Dutch who also have Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, and a few others), Martinique, Guadalupe, and French Guiana on the mainland. The British still have a few colonies down there as well IIRC.
The only trouble with the US territories listed is the ridiculous status they have as dependents.

The US needs to make them decide if they are in or out. Become a state or become an independent country.
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Yep! They have 30 something playes in the NFL. 60 minutes recently did a report on them.
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They could always follow the Somali example and dust down the quays in Tortuga. Lots of lovely shipping in the Gulf of Mexico I'll bet.
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Agreed, the next status referendum should have only 2 options; statehood or full independence (no "associated republic" status and no "remain a colony status quo" option).
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Haiti is far from "finished"; in fact, it will probably be rebuilt at no cost to the Haitians far better than it was to begin with, after which they will go back to their drugs, their voodoo and their dislike of everyone else.
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Haiti is far from "finished"; in fact, it will probably be rebuilt at no cost to the Haitians far better than it was to begin with, after which they will go back to their drugs, their voodoo and their dislike of everyone else.
A bit like New Orleans then?
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No...New Orleans is American, and thus can be freely mistreated by the Great Liar.

More like Germany and Japan after WWII.
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$380 million in US govt aid... wow. lets tone it down a bit please...
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and now Americans may prey on it...
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and now Americans may prey on it...
What? And risk off Hugo Chavez?

Not a chance. The Obaminable One likes Hugo.
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