Some prominent Haitians were quick to reject their government’s request.
“Absolutely not. We don’t want US troops, US boots, US uniforms, none of that,” Monique Clesca, a Haitian writer and civil society activist, told CNN on Saturday. “Because Haitians in Haiti by the 34-year-old Occupation of the country by the United States have been traumatized, we don’t want US intervention or troops or anything. “
“The international community is complicit in what is going on in Haiti,” added Ms. Clesca.
Another drag on Biden is the seemingly vague nature of Haiti’s request, including what is expected of American troops.
“The best approach in Haiti is for the United States to turn to either the United Nations, the Organization of American States, or a coalition of Latin American nations for a stability force – and thus resume the somewhat successful UN peacekeeping forces of the past few decades,” said James G. Stavridis, a retired four-star admiral and former head of the Pentagon’s South Command.
“But from a military point of view, it is very unlikely to enter the island, especially as we are completing operations in Afghanistan,” he added.
Under the auspices of the United Nations, the United States sent troops to Somalia in 1992 and to Haiti in 1994 when Clinton agreed to an American force to remove a military junta on the island and restore a democratically elected president.
For decades the United States has sought to support Haiti as part of the “Core Group,” an ad hoc gathering of ambassadors and envoys from major Western nations and international organizations such as the United Nations and the Organization of American States.
But multinational missions have their own risks and their own political baggage: UN peacekeeping forces stationed in the country from 2004 to 2017 introduced cholera and are believed to have committed widespread rape and sexual abuse.