jeudi 28 janvier 2010
Le Pentagone et Haiti
"Personne d'autre que les Etats-Unis ne peut fournir une telle assistance et nous sommes heureux de le faire.
Cela montre au monde de manière évidente que
nos forces armées n'ont pas qu'un rôle militaire ;
nous sommes aussi présents pour le bien de l'humanité et pour apporter assistance partout dans le monde à ceux qui en ont besoin."
("No one can provide the kinds of assistance we can, and we are happy to be doing it," he said. "It shows the world that obviously we are not a one-dimensional force; we are a force for good and try to provide assistance to those who need it around the world.")
Comme je vous le faisais reparquer dans mon billet du dimanche 24 janvier 2010 HAITI : POUR UNE FORCE DE REACTION HUMANITAIRE EUROPEENNE, en m'appuyant sur les propos d'Alain Frachon dans Le Monde ("seule l'armée américaine peut déplacer en 48 heures 10 000 hommes et leur matériel"), l’intervention américaine en Haiti permet de justifier l’intérêt d’avoir un outil militaire gigantesque. Seule cette giga-puissance est capable de déployer autant de moyens et autant d’hommes aussi rapidement. Eux seuls ont les capacités d’envoyer un porte-avions, un navire-hôpital et de prendre le contrôle technique d’un aéroport pour le rendre à nouveau fonctionnel.
Cette opération en Haiti permet au Pentagone de montrer ses capacités incontournables et uniques. L'armée américaine prévoit de rester 6 mois avant de laisser la main à d'autres organisations.
Le blog THE TENSION dans Pentagon: Administration Mulls Military Role in Haiti Beyond Relief rapporte les propos du service de communication du Pentagone :
"News in Balance:WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2010
"The U.S. government still is figuring out the details of American assistance in Haiti, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said here today, noting that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and President Barack Obama discussed the issue yesterday.
"I think that everybody would say by now that the aid is flowing in a very productive and helpful fashion," Morrell told Pentagon reporters. "But the question now becomes, now that this immediate relief has been provided, what do we want to do from here? What can we do from here?"Morrell characterized security in Haiti as "stable, but fragile," saying groups displaying unrest are a reflection that aid distribution is an ongoing challenge."We have to be mindful of the security climate there," he said. "We have to provide the kind of security that will facilitate a safe, secure flow of food, water, medicine, whatever it may be to the population."Morrell estimated that U.S. relief efforts to date have cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and said thousands of additional forces are in the pipeline to be sent to Haiti."So we envision that there will be a role for the United States military for some time to come in Haiti," he said, adding that the United States is honored to carry out a relief mission in a country it's uniquely positioned to help."No one can provide the kinds of assistance we can, and we are happy to be doing it," he said. "It shows the world that obviously we are not a one-dimensional force; we are a force for good and try to provide assistance to those who need it around the world."U.S. military assistance in Haiti likely is to continue for three to six months before yielding to international and non-government groups as they take on greater responsibility for the massive humanitarian relief effort there, the director of Defense Logistics Agency said yesterday."I think there's a commitment to continue to provide support and stay engaged until other organizations can take over the role," Navy Vice Adm. Alan Thompson told the Defense Writers Group."My sense would be that probably in the three- to six-month time period would be when there would be efforts to try to transition some of the support," the admiral said.
(Report by John J. Kruzel, American Forces Press Service.)"