Haiti: This Time We Mean Business

Bill Clinton beats the war drums to pressure the military junta ( into calling it quits -- and to prepare the U.S. Congress and a skeptical country for war

Normally, senior aides to Bill Clinton do not speak with frankness about the roles, missions and vital interests at stake in Haiti. But last week they were all eagerly making themselves available to deliver one message: that, as an official put it, "there comes a point where it has to be clear that the U.S. means what it says."

The word has not yet got through to Port-au-Prince. Haiti's military junta called its supporters into the streets for what has become a familiar ritual of taunting the U.S. While onlookers sipped rum, 3,000 demonstrators screamed slogans into the microphones of foreign...

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