Saturday, July 09, 2005


About a week-and-a-half back Kofi Annan realized that the resources available to him to quell the violence in Haiti were not cutting it.

So, what did he do?:

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan asked the United States this week to consider sending troops to Haiti to support a U.N. peacekeeping mission beset by mounting armed challenges to its authority, according to senior U.N. officials. ...

He expressed hope that the United States would participate in a planned U.N. rapid reaction force, authorized by the Security Council earlier this month, that would have the firepower to intimidate armed gangs threatening the country's fragile political transition. Officials said that similar requests are being considered for other countries, including Canada and France.

"We want scarier troops," one senior U.N. official said.

Annan told Rice that the Haitians "respect the U.S. military," according to a senior U.N. diplomat familiar with the closed-door meeting.

"Scarier troops." Those are vague words. Diplomats are, of course, vague when they want to conceal their motives. So, Wretchard, at Belmont Club, eplains exactly what Annan meant by this statement:

There are no suggestions by the Secretary General that the weapons carried the current Brazilian force are inoperative. So far as anyone can tell, their ordnance works just fine. So logically, what Kofi Annan really wants is someone, like the Americans, to relieve him of the onus of ordering someone to pull the trigger ...

Yes, I see. That is a sticky situation, you are in there, isn't it old chap?

Condoleeza Rice had an answer for Kofi Annan, and offered a little help along the way:

Rice provided Annan with no pledges of military support, officials said, but offered to help persuade France and Canada to contribute to the mission.

In other words, "Kiss my fat American ass."