Haiti’s crisis isn’t ours and we need to keep it that way

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The failed state of Haiti is once again spiraling into anarchy and possibly civil war. Some in Haiti and here in America have suggested a U.S. intervention to save lives and restore order. But military intervention in Haiti would be the height of folly. Aside from the potential need to evacuate American citizens, under no circumstances should American troops be deployed to Haiti. 

Armed gangs have seized control of Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince, forced the nation’s prime minister from power and are driving half the country toward starvation. Gangs have shut down airports, closed the nation’s main port, burned down police stations and sprung thousands of hardened criminals from prison. Earlier this month, the Biden administration evacuated some personnel from our embassy in Haiti. That becomes the eleventh embassy to at least partially shut down since Joe Biden took office. 

The Biden administration has only made matters worse in Haiti. Last year, the administration announced support for an ill-conceived American-financed Kenyan intervention in the country, which has now stalled.  

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The administration also returned to Haiti a 2004 coup leader, Guy Phillippe, whom we had imprisoned for

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