From the French:
The French minister in charge of humanitarian relief called on the UN to "clarify" the American role amid claims the military build up was hampering aid efforts.
Alain Joyandet admitted he had been involved in a scuffle with a US commander in the airport's control tower over the flight plan for a French evacuation flight.
"This is about helping Haiti, not about occupying Haiti," Mr Joyandet said.
Speaking on his weekly television show, Chavez opined that the U.S. mission in Haiti was a ruse to initiate military occupation.
“I read that 3,000 soldiers are arriving, Marines armed as if they were going to war,” Chavez said. “They are occupying Haiti undercover.”
To which I feel compelled to reply:
Dear France and Venezuela,
We appreciate your concern here, we really do. Please feel free to make a contribution at any time and then we can leave in a prompt manner. You see ladies and gentlemen, there really isn't much to covet in Haiti right now.
If you want to get the aid to people that are still living in massive piles of rubble, have at it. If along the way you see an oil well worth protecting or some other commodity resource that would make an occupation something that would be to our interest, please help yourself. Because unless you have a secret formula to convert concrete to energy, food, or precious metals or minerals, there would be no diabolical reason to occupy such a poverty stricken geological mess.
He who holds it will need to realize that he will be expected to clean it up. I don't suppose either of you thought of that one either. Did you?
Please let us know as soon as possible and I am sure we can work out a change of command and that you can do better without us there. Maybe China would like to pitch in for some recovery and reconstruction. They must have done a bang up job after the Szechuan quake. Maybe by now they have cleaning up a huge rock pile, down to an art and/or science.
Believe me when I tell you: If it were within my power to yield it, I would sign the papers right now.
Best of luck to you.