Haiti: Cops for Democracy

The U.S. military tightens its hold to make the country safe for Aristide's return

Bill Clinton did not claim mission accomplished, but he was eager to declare the U.S. occupation of Haiti a success. Aboard the newly returned aircraft carrier U.S.S. Eisenhower in Norfolk, Virginia, last week, the President told 1,500 sailors and officers that by landing in Haiti, they had "brought a new day to people who thought they would never get it." On behalf of the American people, he was delivering a "heartfelt thank you."

A White House aide talked happily of "moving into the end game of the transition to the Aristide government" as if all the troops were about to come...

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