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After all the fuss in Haiti against Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his flight to the Central African Republic, U.S. Marines are back in Haiti. It was only ten years ago that Bill Clinton sent them there to restore Aristide to power after a coup. (It's clear that the Bush administration did not want him in power, or else it would have done the same thing. Instead, it sent Marines after he fled, implicitly supporting the new president, former Chief Justice Boniface Alexandre.)

Here is a chronology of U.S. military intervention. There are dozens of places, many with more than one incident. This is Haiti's fourth time. How the previous incidents failed to instill the American way of government there the world may never know, but maybe it will work this time. If not, there's always next time.

The article reports:

"We are here to protect U.S. interests and to help with the security of the Haitian people," a Marine captain told Reuters at the airport in Port-au-Prince where U.S. troops arrived and unloaded Humvees and other military gear.

Just in case anyone doubts the legality of this action, they are there "to protect U.S. interests." I still can't see where that's justified by the Constitution, but it works in Washington where the document is considered more a set of guidelines than a plan for government. And for you "humanitarians" we're also doing it for the children Haitian people. You don't hate them, do you?

I'd love to keep going, but I have it on pretty good authority that Federal troops are invading Atlanta again, and soon, so I have preparations to make. More as it develops.

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"I helped make Mexico,

"I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912.... I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested." --Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, USMC

In a process that Franz Oppenheimer would have understood perfectly, the Marines during Wilson's administration politically preempted ownership of the land in Haiti and parcelled it out to the U.S. sugar companies. Every U.S. intervention in Haiti since then has been more of the same.

During the coup against Chavez two years ago, the Associated Press stuck to the party line out of Washington and Langley: they obligingly reported all the violence (both real and alleged) by Chavez's supporters, while ignoring the violence by the U.S. supported "opposition"; they uncritically repeated the claims that Chavez had "resigned."

Meanwhile, at Indymedia and NarcoNews, word was getting out that Chavez had NOT resigned, that he was being held incommunicado, and that many of his violent "supporters" were provocateurs in the employ of the oil industry or the U.S. When Chavez was restored, guess who turned out to be telling the truth?