Sources: U.S. takes control of Haiti

‘We are the only ones who can get things done’

Stewart Stogel
WorldNetDaily
January 16, 2010

UNITED NATIONS – Informed U.S. State Department sources tell WND that Washington has taken de-facto control of earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

“USAID has now taken control [of Haiti],” said one source. “We [the U.S.] are the only ones who can get things done.”

Vice President Joe Biden told reporters at Homestead Air Force Base, Fla., where relief efforts are underway, that Haiti is a nation “that has totally collapsed.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the first White House cabinet member to arrive on the scene. She made a brief tour of the Port au Prince region on Saturday.

U.N. relief efforts, however, have been criticized as “disorganized” and “haphazard” by U.S. sources.

The U.N.’s Haiti operations center was destroyed in last week’s quake. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special representative, Hedi Annabi, who remained “missing” more than four days later, was found dead Saturday. Annabi was believed to be in the complex at the time of the quake…

…UNICEF, which operated separately from the U.N. system, saw its headquarters survive, but was also severely impacted because many of its personnel were in the field at the time of the quake. A substantial number of those still remain unaccounted for.

U.S. sources confirm to WND that Haitian relief efforts could easily surpass $1 billion in the next few months, much of that aid being financed by Washington.

The U.N. has already announced a $550 million international emergency fundraising drive.

Not only could the rescue and rebuilding efforts reach billions of dollars, but they could also take years to accomplish…

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