04/05/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ray Kelly's Haiti-Earthquake Near-Miss

Just before the earthquake flattened Port-au-Prince and buried hundreds of thousands of Haitians, the United States ambassador hosted a dinner in honor of New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

Kelly--a scrappy ex-Marine with a Dick Tracy jaw-line, who, at 68, still looks like he could do some damage--was renewing his ties to the hemisphere"s poorest country. Back in the mid-1990s during the Clinton administration, he lived there for six months as director of an international monitoring team whose task was to help the Haitian government build a professional police force and curtail human-rights abuses. He has been back many times since.

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