A U.S. Coup in Haiti?

Both the Trump and Biden administrations have likely participated in covert operations in several countries from 2017 to 2021, including in Nicaragua, Venezuela, Belarus, Cuba, and Haiti. Although it is impossible to know with absolute certainty that these coup attempts were similar to the plethora of Cold War-style operations committed by the United States to destabilize parts of the world, it is important to note that the United States does indeed orchestrate these types of coups on a regular basis, so these would, by no means, be unprecedented.

However, the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise has some peculiar features that would suggest some foul play on the part of the United States, and although the Biden administration will likely never admit that it was involved, the ideas of DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agents and Colombian mercenaries plotting and carrying out the attack should be an indication that foreign meddling was part of the conspiracy. The assassination was allegedly planned by Christian Emmanuel Sanon, an American citizen who was outspoken about the corruption in the leadership of the country, two other Haitian-Americans, twenty-six Colombian mercenaries, and several other suspects that are currently at large, some of which may have been connected to the DEA (at least one of the suspects was an informant for the agency, others were likely connected to law enforcement in the United States, and a cap with “DEA” written on it was seized by the police). Although the DEA claims that it was not involved (this should be of no surprise), one of the suspects was caught calling the agency right after the assassination occurred, and he was told by both the DEA and the State Department to turn himself into police. The Counter Terrorist Unit Federal Academy (CTU) out of Miami is allegedly the security firm that hired the Colombian mercenaries and the same one that Sanon was in communication with, which would suggest a scheme to overthrow the president.

It still remains to be seen exactly how this assassination took place and how involved the United States government was, but this would certainly not be the first time American covert operations were launched in Haiti. In 1991, a coup led by Raoul Cedras ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and the Clinton administration decided to first apply economic pressure to restore the latter back to power. However, in the end, the United States launched a full invasion (Operation Uphold Democracy) in 1994 of 25,000 military members to force Aristide back to his “rightful” place. In 2004, Aristide claimed that the United States participated in another coup (this time against him) to force his resignation, and although the kidnapping claim may be false, it is pretty clear that the United States was involved in the coup. Finally in early 2021, President Moise blamed the United States for a failed overthrow, and the growing dislike of that president among American officials only bolsters the idea that the United States was involved in his assassination.

Though it will be difficult to prove American culpability in Haiti’s current political crisis, precedents set would suggest that this will likely be proven true as the details come to light. It may take several years before the official documents are declassified and confirmation can be made, however, at this time, it seems highly likely that the DEA and Colombian military (considered a key ally in the fight against drugs and terrorism in South America) worked together to oust a leader that was deemed unfit for office by foreign governments. President Biden is playing the part as arbiter of valid leadership in the world, just like his predecessors.

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Published on July 14, 2021 15:29
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