Listening to the radio this morning I was subjected to Bill O'Reilly's one-minute "Talking Points Memo". His wisdom of the day: since "only" the U.S. could possibly maintain order and "ensure prosperity" in Haiti, we should must move on in and run it. That would be an act of charity, since we don't "need" them.
Well, Bill, pardon me if I demur. To begin, I don't know how good we are at ensuring prosperity these days. And it isn't our country, Bill. Why would helping people in the wake of disaster require us to be their overlords? And I thought the French were unfairly jumping to conclusions when they accused us of invading Haiti instead of helping them. Finally, do we have so many troops that we can station thousands more in yet another country? Why not just take over the world and solve everyone's problems?
Commentary like that doesn't really help.