Monday, March 01, 2004
More on Haiti
One element of The Black Commentator's story is that the U.S. press has systematically under-reported support for Aristide while systematically over-reporting the vehemence of opposition. They've also got some interesting accusations from Aristide's supporters in the Lavalas party. What really struck me, though, was the appearance of Reagan era spooks. Apparently a certain Otto Reich showed up in Haiti about the time the most recent Gulf War started. Who is Otto Reich? According to the Commentator:
Otto Reich? Is this the same Otto Reich who once used taxpayer dollars under the Reagan administration, from within his shadowy Office of Public Diplomacy, to cajole the U.S. press into supporting the Contra war against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua? According to The National Security Archive, a staff report by the House Foreign Affairs Committee (September 7, 1988) summarized various investigations of Mr. Reich's office and concluded that "senior CIA officials with backgrounds in covert operations, as well as military intelligence and psychological operations specialists from the Department of Defense, were deeply involved in establishing and participating in a domestic political and propaganda operation run through an obscure bureau in the Department of State which reported directly to the National Security Council rather than through the normal State Department channels.... These private individuals and organizations raised and spent funds for the purpose of influencing Congressional votes and U.S. domestic news media."
All in all, good choice for an envoy if you were planning something underhanded.