Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Something You Won't See in Haiti

Despite the outpouring of support the United States has shown Haiti in the form of money, manpower and supplies, our flag doesn't fly in Haiti.  Other country's flags do, but not our Stars and Stripes.  Ed Morrissey reports the reaction from the Army Times:
The many nations helping Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake that struck there have set up their own military compounds and fly their flags at the entrances.

France’s tricolor, Britain’s Union Jack and even Croatia’s coat of arms flap in the breeze.

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
How exactly would we be sending the "wrong message"?  Can't the Obama Administration just this once show a little pride for our country? 

For more read No American Flag in Haiti by Pat at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

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