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Obama demands that the US flag NOT be flown in Haiti

posted at 10:51 am on March 16, 2010 by

So far, we’ve spent $179,883,065 in humanitarian assistance to Haiti. We’ve sent our military there to help distribute food and water, to help find the missing, and to help rebuild the ravaged nation. But Obama is afraid that we’ll be considered “occupiers”, and so, the United States flag is not to be flown over any US installation in Haiti.

But the country whose contributions dwarf the rest of the world’s — the United States — has no flag at its main installation near the Port-au-Prince airport.

The lack of the Stars and Stripes does not sit well with some veterans and servicemembers who say the U.S. government should be proud to fly the flag in Haiti, given the amount of money and manpower the U.S. is donating to help the country recover from the Jan. 12 quake.

The Obama administration says flying the flag could give Haiti the wrong idea.

“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.

“An international partner”?? This may be an international relief effort — with the United States as usual giving far more than any other country — but that hasn’t kept other countries from flying their flags. France, Germany, and Croatia are all flying their flags, just like every other country. I doubt anyone in Haiti is weeping over the French, German, and Croatian occupations taking place because of it. No one besides Obama is idiotic enough to think that flying our flag means that we’ll be seen as an occupation force. It’s perfectly clear to everyone with a brain that we are in Haiti for one reason alone, and that is to give relief.

Considering the amount of money, time, and manpower we’ve contributed to the relief effort in Haiti, one would think that Obama would be proud to have our flag flying in Haiti. But Obama isn’t a president who is proud of his country, is he? He’d rather apologize for the United States than take pride in it. We are literally saving lives for no gain of our own in a foreign country, and he’s still apologizing.

And does this show something more troubling? Apparently, this entire flap started because of some squabble with Prime Minister Bellerive, who didn’t like that we flew a flag over a temporary consular station on the tarmac. So instead of standing his ground, and standing up for his country and the good work it is doing, Obama caved. He has no backbone to stand up to any leader of any foreign country! And this man is supposed to be our Commander in Chief. How is the United States ever going to gain respect if Obama is completely and totally spineless?

This isn’t smart diplomacy. This is pure idiocy, and it’s shameful. It’s pathetic that the leader of our country would be so ashamed of the country he’s supposed to lead. It’s sad that our president so clearly does not love his country.

Cross-posted from Cassy’s blog. Stop by for more original commentary, or follow her on Twitter!

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Our President thinks our flag truly is a symbol of imperialism and occupation. Clearly he doesn’t understand what that flag means

Defector01 on March 16, 2010 at 12:03 PM

I’m surprised this bho doesn’t have his logo flying. My heart aches for our men and women in the military having this bho as cic. God bless our military and their families.

letget on March 16, 2010 at 12:35 PM

This is the final straw for me. This edict drained the last of the benefit of the doubt I usually try to have for people. No more.

JamesLee on March 16, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Our turd world leader …

Now you understand what natural born citizen means. Simplified it means both mother and father are citizens and the child is born in the USA. I wonder why the founders put that in the Constitution. Maybe this is why.

tarpon on March 16, 2010 at 12:44 PM

I want my country back!!!

yoda on March 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Flying the flag would only re-enforce the idea of American Exceptionalism, which Obama hates. Not flying the flag over American installations, cutting NASA budgets, nationalizing health care and banks and car manufacturing and apologizing for US actions are all of a kind: America is nothing special. (Now France, there is a country well worth emulating).

Fred 2 on March 16, 2010 at 1:04 PM

When US forces rolled into Baghdad and initially secured it, the word went down, presumably from the DecDef, that the US flag was not to fly over the temporary bases in the city. If you go after Obama in a case when we are NOT an invasion force, you have to go after GWB in a case when we clearly WERE an invasion force.

Putting the flag or other US insignia on vehicles, buildings, and boxes of relief supplies makes sense. Putting the flag over Haitian soil is a very strong assertion, close to a claim.

I have to give the Administration this one, but I would add that US emblems should be on every carton shipped and every vehicle.

njcommuter on March 16, 2010 at 1:17 PM

In honor of St. Patrick: Partner this, you feckless commie.

Huckabye-Romney on March 16, 2010 at 6:13 PM

The only ‘back bone’ he’s ever exhibited is his stubborness on Obamacare. This man is truly an enigma. What kind of labyrinthian thought processes go on in his head? The word ‘inexperienced’ just doesn’t begin to cut it any more. He’s just a disaster.

jeanie on March 16, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Yeah – we wouldn’t want all the poor people of the world knowing who continues to pull their asses out of the fire over and over again every time their ‘cultures’ collapse, would we?

Good Lt on March 17, 2010 at 1:27 PM