After Haiti’s devastating earthquake last January, Americans showed their incredible generosity by donating money, resources and manpower to help the victims of the natural disaster and to help Haiti recover.
U.S. Air Force air operations specialists and FAA air-traffic controllers managed air traffic at Haiti’s main airport, facilitating the logistics of getting humanitarian aid coming into the country. More than 12,000 U.S. military personnel supported relief operations.
Except for the usual left-wing nuts and a disgruntled French minister who accused the U.S. military of ”occupying” Haiti during the initial chaotic days of the relief effort, few people – including the Haitians themselves – saw the actions of the U.S. as anything but humanitarian in nature.
Nevertheless, the Obama administration decided that there should be no American flag flying at our main installation near the Port-au-Prince airport because it would appear too provocative. As explained by the U.S. government’s Haiti Joint Information Center in response to a question about the missing flag:
We are not here as an occupation force, but as an international partner committed to supporting the government of Haiti on the road to recovery
What exactly does that mean? Are we under the command of the United Nations, which is spending two-thirds of this year’s Haiti peacekeeping budget of $732.4 million for salary, perks and upkeep of its own personnel according to Fox News? Should our military personnel have left their barracks to join UN staffers enjoying the good life on the Sea Voyager and the Ola Esmeralda, which offer catered food, linen service and comfortable staterooms and lounges at a cost of about $112,500 per day?
Taking down the American flag is just another example of President Obama’s humiliate-America policies. We are an exceptionally generous country and should be proud of who we are, wherever we are.