Wednesday, March 17, 2010

No Flag

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.

Two thoughts:

1. Liberals really really want to be liked. They seem to always worry about what the rest of the world things about them. For me, that's a "nice to have" and should rank way after national security and economic/financial interests.

2. Beggars can't be choosers. Hey, if you're government is so screwed up that it can't handle an emergency, you shouldn't whine if another country puts up their flag while helping you survive.

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