It’s been four years since the 7.0 magnitude Earthquake collapsed Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. Hundreds of millions of dollars was donated from big-hearted Americans and hundreds of Millions more came pouring in from international donors as well.
A reserve was set up to hold and allocate all the money collected back into re-building Haiti called, the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC). About $3 Billion was distributed from the State Department’s, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to the managed (IHRC) coffers. Now, what could go wrong with that?
Four years later the money is gone, it has been spent but Haiti has not much to show for it. Inter- American Development Bank claims that over four years a total of ($3 Billion) was dispersed to the managed IHRC head, Mr. Bill Clinton for construction in Haiti.
Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck sheds light on Mr. Clinton’s most recent Haiti adventures in the 2013 documentary “False Assistance”. Mr. Peck uses footage from an IHRC meeting in Dec, 2010 when 12 Haitian commissioners confronted Co-chairman Mr. Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive, complaining that the commissioners had been marginalized.
The full letter that day includes the charge that the “staffing and consultant selection” excluded Haitian board members. “No documentation on hearing criteria or candidate selection was sent to inform board members. This holds true for the consultants too; the Haitian board members don’t even know the names of the consultants who work for IHRC nor their respective tasks.
Due to the board members exclusion from the construction project without any of their oversight two prominent Haitian lawyers have petitioned the Haitian Superior court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes, demanding an audit of the commission (IHRC) and its manager, former President Bill Clinton.
Although it may not get too far due to the Clinton’s power and influence the light it sheds on the massive sum of money deemed spent the unfulfilled promises and the colossal four year failure of the project under the Clinton’s watch is substantial.
Left behind is a variety of low quality, poorly thought-out development experiments and half-finished projects. Haitian sentiments are angry, frustrated and increasingly suspicious of the motives of the IHRC and its manager, Mr. Clinton. WSJ
One former Haitian official put 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 immense failure as an outcome.” Americans would feel the same way if they knew more about this fiasco since a good portion of this project was funded from their contributions.
Obviously the Haitians don’t understand the “Clinton machine”- it controls the money and grants “their people” the well-paid contracts.
The State Department run at the time by Hillary Clinton played a big role here because it was the major government agency in charge of oversight of all of this. From then on if you called the State Department or IHRC and had an interest in either investment or any business you were referred to the “Clinton Foundation”.
Put into perspective, Mr. Clinton was running the (IHRC) and The Clinton Foundation with the U.S. State Department leading the reconstruction efforts of Haiti. Hillary was the U.S. Secretary of State, which means that Mr. Clinton was answering to Hillary, his wife. Nepotism is always extolled as first choice in the Clinton family.
Cheryl Mills, another victim of Clinton nepotism, is best known for being deputy White House counsel for President Bill Clinton whom she defended during his 1999 impeachment trial.
Cheryl Mills served as Senior Adviser and Counsel for Hillary in her 2008 Presidential campaign. Then she became Mrs. Clinton’s Counselor and Chief-of-Staff to the Secretary of State Department (an advisor and consultant to Hillary). Ms. Mills traveled to Haiti 30 times in four years. A State Department spokesman said that it “reflected the high priority the U.S. placed on Haiti‘s recovery and development.”
June 2013 the GAO-Government Accountability Office report gave a barely passing grade to USAID’s Haiti reconstruction effort. It said that $170 Million was allocated to build a power plant and a port near the Caracol Industrial Park. The two projects are interdependent. Each must be completed and remain viable for the other to succeed. The first phase of the power plant was completed on time and under budget. The port project however was delayed for 2 years and then scratched due to the lack of expertise in port planning.
According to the GAO report the estimated shortfall of $117 Million to $189 Million is larger than the original estimate and Haitian’s didn’t know how they would be able to make up the difference. The GAO report cited shoddy housing with poor infrastructure, no roads and few job prospects.
USAID’s under-estimated funding requirements show, its budget went up to 65% and the number of houses to be built dropped down by 80%. No surprise the GAO says that USAID’s Haiti reports have been incomplete and not timely. Inappropriate cost comparisons were used and Haitians, it turns out, prefer toilets that flush. WSJ
No doubt Haitians are bitterly disappointed with Mr. Clinton being in charge yet supervised by Hillary and her State Department advisor Ms. Mills. Hopefully the law suit will be able to follow the money trail and provide some insight to where it all went.
The outcome is predictable when you think back over all the Clintons schemes: Whitewater, Bill’s inappropriate affairs and near impeachment, Benghazi and now Haiti. If Hillary decides to run as the Democratic Nominee this should be added to the long list of failures and fraud under the watch of the Clinton Dynasty.