Tuesday, March 16, 2010

No US flag flying in Hati

The latest BS from the Obama administration. As a vet this just blows my mind, this needs to be spread around.

Via Waeseal Zippers

The many nations helping Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake that struck there have set up their own military compounds and fly their flags at the entrances. 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.

The absence of the American flag bothers Navy veteran Arthur Herriford, national president of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

"It's very improper," Herriford said. "Our military people always engage and function under the American colors — always have and always will."

1 comment:

Chris said...

Fly a campaign flag under the U.S. flag to clarify our reason of being their so their will be no doubt of our purpose. These campaign flags could be retired at the end of a campaign and placed in a hall of honor for our service members who were their. The American flag should always fly proud wherever we are in the world!