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Hypocrisy on Haiti

- Abstract

Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, is worried that America’s “credibility as a world leader” is in jeopardy. Why? Because “Haiti’s military rulers continue to thumb their noses at the United States.” Washington has tried by peaceful means to make them release their illegitimate grip on power, “but nothing has worked—not diplomacy, not tougher sanctions, not a potential naval embargo.”

This search for a negotiated solution has failed, says Senator Kerry, “because there was no believable threat of force” on our part. If the regime in Port au Prince does not relent, “we must be willing to seek international approval to use military force.” This, proclaims the headline of Kerry’s recent op-ed piece in the New York Times (May 16), will “Make Haiti’s Thugs Tremble.”

About the Author

Joshua Muravchik, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is working on a book about Arab and Muslim democrats.