The United Nations, which spent more than $732 million on peacekeeping efforts in earthquake-battered Haiti during its last budgetary year, wants another $864.1 million from donors to cover the cost of the peacekeeping stabilization force on the island through the end of June 2011.
The U.S. portion of that tab would be roughly 27 percent of the total -- about $234.8 million.
One of the stated missions of the stabilization project appears to be making sure that the U.N. takes an active role in ensuring that any aid will not cause a new Haitian economy to have large disparities of wealth among the population.
Just how stable Haiti will become as a result is unclear
Americans have already donated millions of dollars to this cause in addition to paying millions in taxes.