Obama Administration Orders U.S. Relief Forces In Haiti Not To Fly Flag-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
This is a forwarded email that says that the Obama administration told U.S. relief forces responding to the Haiti earthquake not to fly the flag.
This eRumor caught wind after a commentary by a Chicago based freelance writer, Warner Todd Huston which was published on March 16, 2010. Click for commentary
Huston editorialized about a March 15, 2010 Navy Times/U.S.A Today article that reported there was a flap sparked by a controversial decision not to fly the national ensign at the U.S. compound in Haiti. Haitian Prime Minister, Jean-Max Bellerive, was present as a U.S. flag was raised at a temporary consular station on the airport tarmac and “thought it appeared as if the United States were taking over the airport.” The article also said, “Army Col. Billy Buckner, spokesman for Joint Task Force-Haiti, a group representing various Obama administration agency heads, said the decision not to fly the American flag was made out of respect as guests of the government of Haiti.” Click for article
On January 12, 2010, there was a 7.0 magnitude earthquake 16 miles west of Port-au-Prince, that devastated the Haitian capitol. The United States Coast Guard was among the first on the scene to asses the situation and suggest what resources would be needed in response to the disaster. Humanitarian response to the disaster was worldwide and the American response effort consisted of a joint task force of the USAID organization and branches of the U.S. Military. More than 12,000 U.S. military personnel are stationed in Haiti in support relief operations. Among them are operations specialists from the U.S. Air Force and air-traffic controllers from the Federal Aviation Administration and who are overseeing millions of dollars in aid coming into the disaster stricken area.
Obama Orders Army NOT To Fly U.S. Flag in Haiti
By Warner Todd HU.S.ton Tuesday, March 16, 2010
It’s bad enough that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is giving short shrift to American manufacturers and our economy by ordering extravagant new crystal stemware from Sweden to make the crystal cabinets in America’s embassies sparkle impressively, but now we learn that Barack Obama has told the U.S. relief forces in Haiti not to fly the U.S. flag over its own military compounds. He says that it will “send the wrong message.”
Never mind that all the other nations have their flags proudly flying above their military relief installations in Haiti. Even Croatia has its coat of arms flying outside its base. Yet not the U.S. Army. No U.S. flag flies anywhere despite that we are far and away the largest force and have supplied the most relief supplies and money to the earthquake recovery effort.
According to U.S.AID, as of January 19, 2010 the U.S. had spent $130,864,571 on aid to the Haitian people to help them recover from the devastating earthquake. By Jan. 25 that number had already increased to $179,883,065. It is only going up from there.
So why did the Obama administration forbid flying our own flag in Haiti?
“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,” the U.S. government’s Haiti Joint Information Center said in response to a query about the flag.
If it is so important to be seen as jU.S.t another member of that international force, then why are all the other nations still flying their flags? Oh, I remember now… unlike the U.S. they don’t have a president that is more comfortable apologizing for his country than being proud of it, even when it is engaged in saving lives through relief work.
As far as Obama is concerned, we should be ashamed of our nation even when we are digging children and the aged out of mounds of crumbled ruins, even when we are feeding the hungry, and administering life saving medicines all for free mind you. Even those efforts aren’t good enough for U.S. to be proud to fly our flag above them, apparently.
The NavyTimes.com report reveals a craven attempt by the Obama Administration to pin this no-flag decision on our troops, too. Obama’s Army flak, Colonel Billy Buckner, spokesman for Joint Task Force-Haiti “a group representing varioU.S. Obama administration agency heads” the NavyTimes.com report tells U.S. says that our commanders are “smart” not to fly the flag.
“Our commanders are smart and intuitively understand their mission here in Haiti, and clearly the sensitivities that come with supporting the mission,” Buckner said. A U.S. flag went up at a temporary consular station set up in the first few days on the airport tarmac, according to Charles Luoma-Overstreet, a State Department spokesman in Haiti.
“Apparently, the prime minister (Jean-Max Bellerive) saw this” and thought it appeared as if the United States were taking over the airport, Luoma-Overstreet said.
He said Bellerive said something to U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Merten, who agreed that flying the flag wasn’t a good idea and told the consular officials to take it down.
Notice how it went from “the commanders” being “smart” enough to understand the situation to Obama’s Ambassador to Haiti ordering the flag be removed? In other words, despite the Colonel trying to make it seem as if the commanders on the ground are all for this dearth of Old Glory, it really ends up being a political decision by Obama and his cohorts who are ashamed of America and willing to let anyone denigrate her.
Does anyone really think that PM Bellerive would have persisted in his loose observation that the U.S. was an “occupying force” amidst all the aid flowing into his country? And even if he did, so what? The aid we were supplying is obvioU.S.ly far more important than a cheap political maneuver by Bellerive.
Still, this shows the lack of spine Obama has when standing up to foreign criticism. Even this offhanded comment from Bellerive was enough for Obama to slight his own army and his own countrymen by removing Old Glory from sight in Haiti.
If Obama is this much of a linguini-spined sort of a leader, what will happen to U.S. if he faces a real foreign crisis?