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The World According to Arturo Valenzuela – State Dept. Briefing 11/30

December 1, 2009

Yesterday, Valenzuela gave a press briefing on the Honduras elections.  He stepped in it a couple of times.  First, he called the Honduran coup a  “military coup” TWICE!  And, then he raised the 1991 coup in Haiti saying that President Aristide was taken out of the country at gunpoint and that nothing like that has happened until the Honduran coup.  Au contraire. If I was Arturo, I would not raise the issue of Haiti unless someone had a gun to my head.  President Aristide was kidnapped from Haiti in 2004 by the former US Deputy Ambassador, Luis Moreno, and about 40 US Special Forces personnel as part of a US, French, Canadian orchestrated coup. 

Here is a link to the transcript of the briefing and also a video.

Stay tuned.

  1. December 1, 2009 9:36 PM

    In the official US fiction about the Haiti coup, the US military showed up, warned Aristide that the lynch mob was not far behind, and Aristide begged them to save him.

    Now, the rest of the world knows that’s ridiculous. If it had been even 10% true, wouldn’t Aristide have asked for asylum in the United States, rather than in rural Africa? But State and the US press pretend that the fiction is so, hoping everyone will forget.

    • December 2, 2009 11:12 AM

      Sorry, if this is a repeat of Haiti-related history that I have shared over the past couple of weeks. But, I want to make sure that the complete story is recounted, especially for those who have little background on Haiti:

      Near the end of February in 2004, a ship was on its way from South Africa to Haiti to deliver arms to Aristide. In an attempt to “disrupt” the delivery and get Aristide to leave, Colin Powell contacted former congressman Ron Dellums and asked him to convey the following message to Aristide, which he did: “The Haitian “rebels” are coming to Port-au-Prince to kill you and there is nothing we will do to save you.” Aristide knew this was a bluff because he had good intelligence info that suggested the rebels were not near P-au-P. When Aristide refused to budge, the middle-of-the-night operation went into effect with US Deputy Ambassador, Luis Moreno, and the Special Forces. They took Aristide to the airport and put on a white plane with no insignia (read CIA) accompanied by the Special Forces personnel. He was not allowed to look out the window during the entire trip and no one would tell him where he was being taken. Only minutes before landing, was he told that he would be in the Central African Republic. Aristide did not ask for asylum — if fact no one in their right mind would ask for asylum in CAR. CAR’s new president, Bozize, had come to the presidency by virtue of a military coup fully supported by France. Since France was an integral participant in the Haitian coup, it is no surprise that it would be the one to arrange for Aristide to go to a country where it had full and complete control. And, yes, he was being held as a prisoner in the CAR. It took a congressional delegation along with Randall Robinson to get Aristide out.

      Aristide asked to go to Jamaica so that he could be reunited with his two young daughters. P. J. Patterson, PM of Jamaica at the time, agreed to his visit. Condi Rice contacted Patterson and said that the US didn’t want Aristide back in the Western Hemisphere because he would “incite violence” and threatened to withhold US aid to Jamaica. Aristide was in Jamaica for only a short time.

      One more thing, Luis Moreno, who was busy on the night of February 28 and morning of 29 taking Aristide out of Haiti, called the head of the “rebels” Guy Philippe and told him not to advance toward P-au-P because “we will take care of it from here.” If there was ever any question that the US was financing the “rebels,” there should be none now.

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