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Title: Haiti's Troubles and U.S. Interventions: A Conservative Perspective


Haiti’s ongoing crisis has been exacerbated by external interventions, particularly those of the Biden administration and figures such as former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. These interventions reflect a consistent pattern wherein well-intentioned but ultimately flawed strategies from external actors have perpetuated instability and underdevelopment in the country.

U.S. Military Interventions: A Historical Context

The United States has a long history of intervening in Haiti’s affairs, often with military force. Key instances include:

  • 1915-1934: U.S. Marines occupied Haiti to maintain stability and protect American interests, fundamentally reshaping Haiti’s government and economy.

  • 1994: The U.S. intervened to restore Jean-Bertrand Aristide, following a military coup.

  • 2004: Aristide was removed again, under circumstances suggesting U.S. involvement.

These military actions have often aimed at restoring order and democracy, yet they have frequently led to long-term instability and weakened local governance.

Biden Administration's Approach

President Joe Biden’s recent announcement regarding Haiti reflects a continuation of this pattern. Biden stated that deploying U.S. troops would complicate the situation and appear as overreach. Instead, he endorsed a multinational police force led by Kenya. This decision marks a significant shift from direct intervention to multilateral coalition-building with an emphasis on logistics, intelligence, and equipment support rather than boots on the ground.

Biden's approach appears cautious, motivated by a desire to avoid the pitfalls of previous U.S. interventions. Still, it leaves questions about effectiveness, given the complexity of the crisis in Haiti.

Clinton Foundation and Neoliberal Policies

The Clinton Foundation and the broader Clinton involvement in Haiti have also come under scrutiny. Following the devastating 2010 earthquake, the Clintons led major reconstruction and aid efforts, emphasizing private sector-driven economic development. However, many projects under their watch, such as the $300 million Caracol Industrial Park, have not delivered the promised economic transformation.

Critics argue that these initiatives favored multinational corporations over Haitian interests, contributing to dependency rather than sustainable development. For example, the Caracol project created far fewer jobs than promised and displaced local farmers, worsening local economic conditions.

Neoliberalism's Failures

The neoliberal approach promoted by the Clintons, which emphasizes free markets, foreign investments, and minimal government intervention, has faced significant backlash. In Haiti, this approach has often manifested in projects that do not align with local needs and conditions. The focus on attracting investment through large development projects like industrial parks and ports has overlooked fundamental issues such as agricultural development and infrastructure for basic services.

The Path Forward

For Haiti to move forward, a reevaluation of foreign aid and involvement is essential. Policies must prioritize Haitian-led development, focusing on strengthening local institutions and capacities rather than imposing external solutions. Aid should aim to empower Haitian communities, support small-scale agriculture, and ensure that investments benefit the local economy.


Haiti's struggles with violence, political instability, and economic hardship are deeply intertwined with its historical and ongoing interactions with the U.S. While the Biden administration's approach to avoid direct military intervention is a step towards respecting Haitian sovereignty, it must be matched with support that genuinely addresses the needs and aspirations of the Haitian people. The conservative viewpoint advocates for a fundamental change in U.S. policy towards Haiti—one that respects its autonomy, prioritizes local governance, and focuses on truly sustainable development.


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