I admit that with everything else going on in the world, it’s a little hard to get too worked up about Haiti. But one thing bothers me. Bush said publicly (quite awhile ago) he would defend any elected leader. Aristide qualifies, right? Alternatively, he has also positioned himself (and the U.S) as the defender of oppressed people. After all, that’s why we went to Iraq (in hindsight). So whether Aristide was a duly elected legitimate leader of his people or whether he was an oppressive despot, by our own policy we should have acted.
Now, I’m not disappointed we didn’t. I just think the contradiction needs a light shining on it. The same situation seems to be heating up down in Venezuela. It will be interesting to see how that goes. More so, as Venezuela has some of the largest oil reserves in this hemisphere.