Ron Paul on Haiti: Condolences YES, Occupation NO

Statement of Congressman Ron Paul
United States House of Representatives
Statement in Opposition to H Res 1021, Condolences to Haiti
January 21, 2010

I rise in reluctant opposition to this resolution. Certainly I am moved by the horrific destruction in Haiti and would without hesitation express condolences to those who have suffered and continue to suffer. As a medical doctor, I have through my career worked to alleviate the pain and suffering of others.

Unfortunately, however, this resolution does not simply express our condolences, but rather it commits the US government “to begin the reconstruction of Haiti” and affirms that “the recovery and long-term needs of Haiti will require a sustained commitment by the United States….” I do not believe that a resolution expressing our deep regret and sorrow over this tragedy should be used to commit the United States to a “long-term” occupation of Haiti during which time the US government will provide for the reconstruction of that country.

I am concerned over the possibility of an open-ended US military occupation of Haiti and this legislation does nothing to alleviate my concerns. On the contrary, when this resolution refers to the need for a long term US plan for Haiti, I see a return to the failed attempts by the Clinton and Bush Administrations to establish Haiti as an American protectorate. Already we are seeing many argue that this kind of humanitarian mission is a perfect fit for the US military. I do not agree.

Certainly I would support and encourage the efforts of the American people to help the people of Haiti at this tragic time. I believe that the American people are very generous on their own and fear that a US government commitment to reconstruct Haiti may actually discourage private contributions. Mr. Speaker, already we see private US citizens and corporations raising millions of dollars for relief and reconstruction of Haiti. I do not believe the US government should get in the way of these laudable efforts. I do express my condolences but I unfortunately must urge my colleagues to vote against this resolution committing the United States government to rebuild Haiti.

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  • Mary-Lee Scott

    I’m so glad you posted your explanation on your website. I only knew about your lonely dissenting vote because I check my paper every Monday to see how my Congressmen vote. The paper only described the vote as a condolence resolution to Haiti. No mention of committing to help rebuild Haiti was made. Good for you in having the guts to say no. I applaud you for standing up to ‘fiscal responsibility’ as you always do.
    But how sad that every other Congressman feels we should shoulder the task of rebuilding Haiti. Having read G. Edward Griffins,’The Creature from Jekyll Island’ about the Federal Reserve, I can’t help but think it is the Fed behind this move and they will reap big profits from this ‘humane’ act.


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