Excerpts from the non-paper, as publicized by Jacqueline Charles

The U.S. “non-paper” details a plan that would save untold thousands of lives in Haiti if implemented. It would send enough international support to enable the Haitian police to gain the upper hand over the gangs suffocating the country. That’s support that the feeble government of Haiti is unable to generate, leaving the defenseless population at the mercy of the kidnappers. The foreigners would support the police, not replace them. After vainly seeking to recruit a coalition of the willing, and then trying to slough off the job to Canada, the United States finally took this plan to the Security Council, which is the right place for it.

There, Russia and China have approved all five previous U.N. missions to Haiti as a gesture to the United States, getting nothing in return. Since then, the United States has declared these countries public enemies one and two, engaging in a proxy war against Russia and confronting China over Taiwan. No surprise then that they balk at approving a U.S.-conceived armed mission even if for a good cause. Their approval is no longer automatic. The United States would have to seriously negotiate with them, its diplomats would have to compromise (perish the thought), the two countries might even want the good offices of the United Nations to help resolve their disputes with the United States while sending a mission to Haiti.

But because the non-paper was accompanied by non-negotiation, the proposal remains stuck in the Security Council.