Thanks to Wikileaks a series of articles detailing Washington's actions towards Haiti is pending. This is via The Nation. One interesting nugget is that when Haiti passed a minimum wage increase, going from 26 cents an hour to 61 cents an hour, contractors for American corporations Hanes and Levi-Strauss were furious. The Obama administration responded aggressively and successfully. You get 5 cents and no more. So now it's 31 cents an hour.
The legislation would have cost Hanes a whole $1.6 million/year. That's just too much. They'd have to close up shop. So I suppose Obama's efforts are about being merciful. Meanwhile the CEO of Hanes, Richard Noll, made $10 million last year.