Foreign Policy for a New Century?
The "Ann Pale Philosopher of Dondon" seeks answers from the "Boca Raton government of the Republican Haiti".
- In Haiti's system of government, the President is in charge of foreign policy. not the Prime Minister. I read about Latortue recalling Haiti's Ambassador in Jamaica, his freezing relations with Caricom, etc. Where is Boniface Alexandre in all of this? Wasn't this supposed to be his turf?
- Venezuela: In a friendlier disposition, Chavez has asserted again his great mastery of diplomacy by offering real estate services to the new guy in town. Logic surely dictates a deep-freeze of all commercial ties with that country and a boycott of Venezuelan oi
- Cuba would be next in line. This would satisfy at once the U.S. enmity towards both Castro and Chavez, and we would expect the U.S. to reward Haiti for aligning herself right along U.S. diplomatic interests. In fact, would it not be possible to officially name U.S. Ambassador Foley the honorary Foreign Minister of Haiti?
- What is the position of Dominican Republic, the so-called other wing of the same bird? Since the Leadership of the Rebel Forces, appearing "out of the blue", according to an I.R.I. official, did cross the Haitian-Dominican border undetected by the Dominican and U.S. intelligence agencies, are they going to formally protest the subversive use of their territory to the Organization of American States? Will they request better monitoring capabilities from their U.S. military advisers so they can protect or seal their border more effectively?
* Can the bird fly just as well with a broken wing?
- Speaking of U.S. strateg
ic interests, shouldn't the Dominican government pony up and purchase an AWAC reconnaissance plane from Israel, that the U.S. military advisers could fly over the Haitian-Dominican border to detect the movement of rebel forces that would no longer surprise the International Republican Institute out of the blue? Come to think of it, evidence points to several incursions from the Dominican Republic into Haiti for a period of at least two years prior to the sweeping victory campaign of the freedom fighters. How much did the U.S. Embassies know and when did they know it? My assumption is that some heads are going to roll at the U.S. spy agencies. To think that once again, they made Colin Powell look like a complete fool! Colin is just not going to take it anymore...
* Rumor has it that ex-U.S. ambassador to Haiti, Brian Dean Curran, served as a top lieutenant of Rebel chief Guy Philippe and that Yves Gaudeul, ex-French ambassadeur served as his astrologist. Please deny!
g of the Organization of American States, has Haiti suddenly dropped out of their agenda or are they furiously working on the new edition of the Inter-American Democratic Charter? Ask Bill Gates, version 1.0 never works.
- George Bush plainly stated that "the Haitian Constitution is working." Glad to know that he has read it. Hopefully Powell handed him a newer version than the draft by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since this Constitution is working, we should then expect new elections in short order. Little problem: How to sell it to the Haitian voter. Will it be 1 year out of 5, 3 years out of 5, 10 years out of 5, or relative perpetuity? And you certainly will need observers: CARICOM has just been voted out (hmm... could that be the hidden agenda?); security (no problem, U.S. and France just happen to be there); and consultants: bring on Kathleen Harris, and James Baker -- that is if they are not needed full time in Florida, and the incomparable Cruella Deville from the Orlando Democrac
What do elections have to do with foreign policy? Well, just about everything!
- Finally, what if... Foley refuses the post as honorary Foreign Minister of Haiti (for not seeing the point of another position with identical objectives as his current one)? Would the rules of succession then oblige Regis Debray to accept it?[/*:m]
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