does anyone else find it discomfitting/disconcerting that the bush administration have underwritten and promoted a coup d’etat against aristide in haiti?
he was a democratically elected leader who still had 2 years left in his term.
partisan politics aside, it kind of seems as if the bush camp have completely lost their minds.
the bush administration almost seem like kurtz in ‘apocalypse now'(‘heart of darkness’) or marlon brando in that terrible remake of ‘dr moreau’.
i think they’ve completely lost the plot.
i mean, really, facilitating a coup d’etat while the whole world is watching?
or, as reuters reported:
by steve holland and adam entous
washington (reuters) – former haitian president jean-bertrand aristide said on monday he was forced to leave haiti against his will by the united states.
aristide denied washington assertions that he resigned willingly, calling it a “”coup d’etat”” and likening his “”forced”” departure to a kidnapping.
“”they lied to me, and they may lie to you, too,”” he told cnn in a telephone interview from the central african republic, where he is in temporary exile. “”they used force to push me out.””
“”no one should force an elected president to move in order to avoid bloodshed,”” aristide said.
the bush administration denied the charges.
“”the allegations that somehow we kidnapped former president aristide are absolutely baseless, absurd,”” said secretary of state colin powell.
defense secretary donald rumsfeld and air force gen. richard myers, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, flatly denied aristide had been forced to leave. white house spokesman scott mcclellan called the charge “”complete nonsense.””
but democratically elected haitian president aristide insisted: “”i am telling you the truth.””
asked about allegations he was kidnapped, he said in a text of the interview released by cnn: “”as i said, i called this coup d’etat in a modern way, to have modern kidnapping.””
he said he was not taken away by haitian forces, but rather by “”americans and haitians together.”” he said they surrounded “”the airport, my house, the palace.””
“”i could see with my own eyes. it was when i was on my way to the airport,”” he said. “”americans had the total control.