Bill, Hillary and the Haiti Debacle

Mary Anastasia O'Grady, Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2014

The news website Tout Haiti reported last month that two prominent lawyers have petitioned Haiti’s Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes, demanding an audit of Bill Clinton’s management of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC). There are powerful interests that won’t want to see the petition succeed and it may go nowhere. But the sentiment it expresses is spreading fast. {snip}

Four years after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake toppled the capital city of Port-au-Prince and heavily damaged other parts of the country, hundreds of millions of dollars from the State Department’s U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), allocated to the IHRC, are gone. Hundreds of millions more to the IHRC from international donors have also been spent. Left behind is a mishmash of low quality, poorly thought-out development experiments and half-finished projects.

Haitians are angry, frustrated and increasingly suspicious of the motives of the IHRC and of its top official, Mr. Clinton. Americans might feel the same way if they knew more about this colossal failure. One former Haitian official puts it this way: “I really cannot understand how you could raise so much money, put a former U.S. president in charge, and get this outcome.”


The Clinton crowd has a lot of experience in Haiti. After President Clinton used the U.S. military to return Jean Bertrand Aristide to power in 1994, assorted Friends of Bill went into business to milk Haiti’s state-owned telephone monopoly. Telecom revenues were one of the few sources of hard currency for the country so the scheme hurt Haitians. (See Americas columns Oct. 27, 2008, and March 12, 2012.)

Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck sheds light on Mr. Clinton’s most recent Haiti adventures in the 2013 documentary “Fatal Assistance.” Mr. Peck uses footage from an IHRC meeting in December 2010, when 12 Haitian commissioners confronted co-chairmen Mr. Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive, complaining that the commissioners had been marginalized.

The full letter they read from that day includes the charge that “the staffing and consultant selection” excluded Haitian board members. “No documentation on hiring criteria or candidate selection was sent to inform board members. The same is true for selected consultants; the Haitian board members don’t even know the names of the consultants who work for the IHRC nor their respective tasks.”

Obviously the Haitians didn’t understand. That was the job of the Clinton machine, which controlled the bankroll and could award the lucrative contracts.


The “Fatal Assistance” film features shoddy housing projects plopped down where there is poor infrastructure and few job prospects. The GAO report cites other housing snafus. USAID underestimated funding requirements. Its budget went up by 65%, and the number of houses to be built came down by 80%. “Inappropriate cost comparisons were used”; and Haitians, it turns out, prefer flush toilets.

Foreign aid is notoriously wasteful and often counterproductive. Even when the money is not going directly to Swiss bank accounts it is rarely allocated to its highest use because the process is fundamentally political. Contractors with all the wrong training and incentives but the right connections have the best chance of winning jobs. No surprise, the GAO says that USAID’s Haiti reports have been incomplete and not timely.


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  • I don’t know what the surprise here is all about? ALL money used to aid black-African nations is ALWAYS a complete waste. There’s always government corruption, incompetence and poor financial oversight when dealing with black-run countries.

    You’d think whites would have learned by now after so many decades of waste and fraud – but the do-gooder, altruistic, white guilt that so many of them have prevents them from the seeing the obvious.

    • Rhialto

      Is it White guilt, or the warm fuzzy feeling that Liberals get when FedGov money is transferred to Africans? Maybe both?

    • jane johnson

      Then put Slick Willie in charge. What could possibly go wrong?

      • Pro_Whitey

        Clinton found a way to screw Haitians without getting AIDS. Clever, if nothing else.
        By the way, I think I saw a news story that Boston has declared May Haitian Heritage Month. Can anyone back that up? if true, what the bleep?

        • Yeah, they’ll have public displays celebrating voodoo, cannibalism and community projects and lessons for the participants on how to live in squalor, including how to secure foreign aid from dumb do-gooder whites.

          • jane johnson

            Don’t forget boat-building, AIDS transmission, French language mutilation, and, oh yeah…kill Whitey.

  • Alexandra1973

    Can we deport the Clintons to Haiti?

    I dread the thought of Hillary as president.

    • IstvanIN

      President of Haiti?

      • DNA Explains It All

        That place is more suited to her abilities for sure.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Was that the earthquake where blacks rescued young black girls from rubble and raped them to make sure they were still alive? Or where barricades of black bodies were piled up in the streets by blacks during riots and rapings?

      Yes, great place to send White guilt money and then wonder what we can do to solve all their problems and why it always sucks so bad no matter what we do…

      Yes, the Clintons should move there with their money and become he first black royal family of Haiti and fix all their problems. Bon Voyage!

  • So the money we sent and gave to Haiti had only two possible routes:

    1. Wasted on black people

    2. Wasted on the Clintons

    • jane johnson

      Wasted on blacks, or wasted by Clintons. At this point, what difference does it make?

      • DNA Explains It All


    • r j p

      Weren’t Clintons technically broke, except for the campaign chests, when the moved to NYC?

      • I think the only money the Clintons were able to make while he was President was his Presidential salary, and Clinton was the last President whose Presidential salary was $200,000 a year.

  • dd121

    Hillary’s blood clot has shifted if she thinks she’s doing any good in Haiti.

  • If there’s crooked ways to make money, there will be the Clintons. Remember how Hillary, the smartest woman in the world, made $100,000 in one month in the futures market. Thanks to the Arkansas Tyson family, that $100,000 bribe is one she got away with.

    As to Haiti, you can bet the paper trail is convoluted, but the reality is that Clinton cronies are lining their pockets with ill gotten gains that float back to Billary. And poor Martha Stewart gets a prison term for little of nothing.

    My fondest hope is that these two scumbags somehow die. Justice would say by a voodoo curse laid on them by a Haitian witch doctor.

    • Martha Stewart didn’t go to prison for insider trading. She beat those charges, but got nailed for obstruction of justice for lying to investigators.

      • Many people lie to law enforcement, but few go to jail for it. She was targeted for a reason that I’m not clear about. Possibly because she’s white.

        • IstvanIN

          She is famous and considered arrogant and was made an example of.

          • RileyDeWiley

            She was head of a vertically integrated media and merchandising empire, which sold very goyische furniture and lifestyle artifacts to middle American.

            The Tribe did not like her.
            The Tribe took care of her.

            So it goes.

        • DNA Explains It All

          Well the FEDs have like a 97% conviction rate, so lying to them (or having it to where they can effectively frame you for it) will get you nicked ALWAYS. Record any interaction with FED prosecutors WITH your lawyer there. Any non-recorded non-witnessed interaction allows them to make ANY CLAIM THEY WANT of what was said, including your CONFESSING. These people are evil tyrants and they don’t play, and certainly not by any rule books. Stalin probably didn’t have as good a conviction rate.

      • evilsandmich

        Stewarts big failing is that she, at one time, was a trained lawyer and figured that she could b.s. her way out of it.

        • The best things one can say to investigators are “Since this is obviously not a social visit, I need my lawyer”, with “I do not remember” following as a close second (this one famously worked for Ronald Reagan during the Iran-Contra scandal.)

          • Frank Morris

            You must begin all interactions with investigators by repeating “Am I being detained or am I free to go?” until they actually answer the question. They will say silly things like “We’re just talking,” “I don’t know who you are,” etc., until you finally force the answer.
            Once they answer, if they say you are free to go, leave. If they say you are being detained, tell them, “I invoke all my rights and waive none. I refuse to answer questions and do not consent to any searches or seizures. I want my lawyer.”
            Then clam up.
            “I do not remember” is an excellent example of a horrible answer. If you are charged with something, and have facts and testimony to present at trial, the prosecutor will use this answer you gave the investigator to impeach your testimony, and discredit you as a liar.

          • Frank Morris

            I should also add that another reason never to speak with the police at all in these situations is because they cannot mischarecterize, or purposely misquote silence.

          • Proving exactly what someone remembers and when they remembered it is a very difficult job.

          • Frank Morris

            Impeaching their credibility to a jury is fairly easy when they talked. Any advice to anyone under any kind of investigation other than clam up and get a good lawyer is bad advice.

    • SpawnTaviousBlackness

      Stewart was a clinton supporter, lefty etc. she got a fraction of what she deserved

    • MBlanc46

      People need to start remembering that futures scam when Herself is officially running for president.

  • SpawnTaviousBlackness

    money disappears like water through a sieve when put in the hands of blacks.

  • MBlanc46

    “I really cannot understand how you could raise so much money, put a former U.S. president in charge, and get this outcome.”

    Because it’s Haiti. You could quadruple the amount of money, put Jesus in charge, and you’d still get that outcome.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      The failure of Haiti is due entirely to race. Just look at the predominantly brown, eastern half of Hispaniola. The Dominican Republic is far more successful than sub-Saharan negroid Haiti, despite sharing the same natural resources and environment. This is because the population is around 50% white on average.

      • MBlanc46

        If it weren’t for places such as Chad, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and several others, you could say that Haiti is Exhibit A for black inability to create or maintain civilization.

  • Malgus

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the Haitians genocide every white man, woman, child and infant in Haiti back in 1804? I mean, except for those white women who agreed to breed themselves out of existance with the negroes in exchange for their lives…

    And we’re helping these savages because…?

    Oh wait, it’s a chance for Herself and Bill to soak the US taxpayers for yet more untold wealth…

    Don’t get me wrong. I really don’t care about the Haitians. Karma sucks. I’m hacked off at Herself and Bill ripping off the US taxpayers – again – and nobody says “boo”…

    • evilsandmich

      To be fair, they wiped out the mulattos as well. They wanted a pure, black state; and they got it good and hard.

      • They did the same thing in Brazil in the last century I think. Only it was a local rebellion and the blacks also killed mulattos in addition to whites. That the rebellion was put down with a lot of hangings and deportations back to Africa is seen in the country today as a sin.

    • saxonsun

      Wish you were wrong.

    • I first read about this account years ago in a book but could find no account of it on-line. Now I’m finding it in Wikipaedia. Possibly, however, my memory has gone bad & it’s been there all along?

      Anyhow, for what it’s worth, white women who agreed to marry blacks were spared. Also a group of doctors, Polish soliders who defected from the French Army, and a small group of German settlers.

      In 1804, when Independence was declared, the Haitians exterminated all whites on thier half of the island. Of course we give them foreign aid now as that’s just a slightly more barbaric implementation of the same lofty goal that motivates all truly caring humanists today: eradication of whites.

      • jane johnson

        Apparently, blacks, and way too many Whites, need a definition for the term “independence”, so here’s a good one: freedom from external interference OR SUPPORT. The last two words are key.

  • Anon

    Clinton gave Haiti one million dollars for every man, woman and child that lived there. Instead of an island filled with millionaires, what resulted was (half) an island filled with psychotic raping cannibals.

    • Malgus

      Nice point, Anon, but ultimately it doesn’t matter…

      I can put a chimp in a lab coat, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be able to clone a sheep…

  • evilsandmich

    “I really cannot understand how you could raise so much money, put a former U.S. president in charge, and get this outcome.”

    I, on the other hand, don’t understand why anyone expected a different outcome.

    • Malgus

      True. The days of the honorable gentleman statesman are long gone, if they ever existed at all (I like to think some of the Framers were such men.. maybe I’m fooling myself, but it’s nice to think they were). All we’re left with now are narcissistic maniacal sociopaths and slick talking flim-flam negroes from Chicagostan.

      I don’t know which is worse – that a guy can spend multiple millions of dollars being elected to a position that pays 400K, or the idiots who elected him thinking he knows beans about “economics”…

      Far as I’m concerned, unless I know the guy personally – and have for years – I’m just going to assume the worst and know that the odds favor me.

      I have a pet theory – totally unproven and honestly it’s unprovable – that the best guy for the job of President is the guy who doesn’t want the job.

  • DeMarquise Elkins

    Obama should extend the SNAP and Section 8 program to Haiti !! I’m sure that will make them civilized people.


    Haitians are angry, so am I