According to a story posted on USA Today’s website, the American installation operating in Haiti has been ordered by the administration not to fly the American flag.
France’s tricolor, Britain’s Union Jack and even Croatia’s coat of arms flap in the breeze.
But the country whose contributions dwarf the rest of the world’s — the United States — has no flag at its main installation near the Port-au-Prince airport.
The lack of the Stars and Stripes does not sit well with some veterans and servicemembers who say the U.S. government should be proud to fly the flag in Haiti, given the amount of money and manpower the U.S. is donating to help the country recover from the Jan. 12 quake.
The Obama administration says flying the flag could give Haiti the wrong idea.
“We are not here as an occupation force, but as an international partner committed to supporting the government of Haiti on the road to recovery,” the U.S. government’s Haiti Joint Information Center said in response to a query about the flag.
After repeatedly bowing to foreign leaders I can say this is the last in a long line of actions by the President to willfully weaken the image of the United States abroad. Ambassador Kenneth Merten, our ambassador to Haiti, should be recalled immediately and his replacement’s first act should be to proudly fly the US flag over any and all facilities under the control of our armed forces. Oh course our current leadership doesn’t believe in the mission of America abroad, only in perpetual guilt, so this will likely never happen. God forbid some poor Haitian should see Old Glory waving in the wind while are soldiers are delivering billions in aid to their country, they might find that offensive.