Sometimes when I write a piece, I know it's not finished. As I was writing the essay on the House hearing where Republicans blasted USAID's Haiti relief as pathetic, I couldn't help but wonder to myself "where are saviors, Sean Penn and Paul Farmer, now? I tried not to say it, but that was just too much work.
So, folks, I've simply lost the battle to try and be uhmm, more "can't we all get along!"
This piece will somehow be incorporated into US False Benevolence: Haiti: Failure of Foreign "AID" is Structural to recall that at last week's Congressional hearing in the House, so-called "progressive" Paul Farmer, the Deputy UN Special Envoy to Haiti could have been sitting in the position of Rajiv Shah, the current Director of USAID.
This is to point out that there is no difference between the current USAID Director and the Deputy UN Envoy for Haitians. NONE.
One comes from big Monsanto-style agribusiness, the other from the humanitarian sector. The net result of both their involvement in Haiti are to bring more lost of Haiti sovereignty and more dependency. They just have different styles for making self-serving convenient alliances. Different styles for getting Haiti's masses to the same result on behalf of the global oligarchy - to more dependency, domination and endless debt. Different styles for expanding neoliberalism, privatizing disaster relief, opening up new export markets for dumping US goods and services in neo-colonized countries, all behind the benevolent mask of bringing foreign "aid" and UN or US "humanitarian help."
I need not remind Ezili Network members that Farmer was running for the Executive Director position at USAID that Rajiv Shah now holds. As the head of USAID, Shah, is being blasted about USAID 's failures. If Shah is a failure in Haiti, so is Farmer as Deputy UN Envoy - the consolation prize given by the Clinton/Obama Administration to Farmer when his nomination to head USAID did not fly.
The failure of both positions is built into the system these organizations preserve. USAID and the UN Security Council serve the same global oligarchy and its profit-over-people interests.
Their functionaries, like Shah and Farmer, necessarily serve these interests not liberty or sustainable, progressive change for the world's masses. Same thing with both the Republicans who are shocked, shocked, indignant, indignant by USAID failures with earthquake disaster relief aid in Haiti and the Democrats whose administration is under fire for said USAID failures right now.
It's a nice piece of drama that hearing, the rhetoric, the concern for Haitians because US response has been "pathetic and disappointing." But it's just that, mostly fiction, a piece of theater. Congress preside over the laws of tied aid.
Both Republicans and Democrats created and sustain the operations of USAID.
Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats are about to put USAID out of the business of creating export markets in the former colonized nations for US big business interests. The truth is, USAID's so-called "progressive" or "humanitarian" work, represents 50-years of failure. But, USAID is still "open for business" because, as Shah once, in an effort to solicit more taxpayer funds, clearly explained: " USAid can assist in the creation of the (U.S. export) markets of tomorrow."
So please folks don't be confused about the power play between the malfini and the mongoose. Between Democrats and Republicans. Or, "between Wilson and Harding," to quote one of Haiti's most favorite satirist.
Recall Beloved that Barrack Obama's only real successful bipartisan move so far has been with Haiti. He's brought us no sardine delicacy, but the same old, same old. Obama consolidated his own power - that is, clearly showed white America or Officialdom exactly where his principles stood, less there be some confusion, by appointing, for instance, coup-d'etat-George W.Bush (the Malfini) along with "Operation Uphold Democracy"-Bill Clinton (the Mongoose) as co-head of US disaster relief in Black Haiti after the earthquake.
Stop being so CONFUSED folks by the rebranding of the same old fascist. The good cop/bad cop play-acting of the Democrats and Republicans or that of the "progressives" and the "right wingers."