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June 30, 2009
More on the Honduran 'Military Impeachment'
Not even our own State Department is calling what occurred in Honduras over the weekend a "coup." What's more, Hillary Clinton's refusal to brand the military's legal ouster of President Zeyala a coup puts her seemingly at odds with the Obama White House.
Once again, our Keystone Kops foreign policy makes us look ridiculous when the president brands the action "illegal" while the State Department rejects that term "coup."
Mary Beth Sheridan of the Washington Post:
President Obama said yesterday that the military ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was illegal and could set a "terrible precedent," but Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the United States government was holding off on formally branding it a coup, which would trigger a cutoff of millions of dollars in aid to the impoverished Central American country.
As facts begin to emerge about what Zeyala was up to, it becomes crystal clear why the military, the Congress, and the Supreme Court all felt the necessity to act. Fausta Wertz has been doing a fantastic job of translating Latin American press accounts and brings us information on the reasons for the military action:
Here is more information on Mel Zelaya's move:This is the story not being told by the White House, the State Department, most of the mainstream press, and liberal blogs who have their panties in a twist and are close to apoplexy because Obama isn't sending in the Marines to restore the Chavez stooge to power.
Roberto Lovato at the Huffington Post manages to write almost 1,000 words without once referring to any of the illegal, extra-constitutional actions taken by Zelaya and instead, refers to "street demonstrations" that Fausta reports is being led by Nicarauguan and Venezuelan bully boys. And in a burst of surrealism worthy of Salvadore Dali, Lovato compares these staged street demonstration by foreign thugs with the demonstrators in Iran:
Viewed from a distance, the streets of Honduras look, smell and sound like those of Iran: expressions of popular anger - burning vehicles, large marches and calls for justice in a non-English language - aimed at a constitutional violation of the people's will (the coup took place on the eve of a poll of voters asking if the President's term should be extended); protests repressed by a small, but powerful elite backed by military force; those holding power trying to cut off communications in and out of the country.
That's quite an original spin. Zeyala "kidnapped?" Late word is that he resigned and asked for safe passage out of the country. This was granted and he was flown to Costa Rica. Don't even bother with the laughable comparison with Iran. Those demonstrators in Honduras are not being shot down in cold blood, axed to death, or even beaten within an inch of their lives.
And the dark hints that the US is to blame because we supplied M-16's to a friendly government is beyond ludicrous. It's loony. Perhaps if Lovato made even a small attempt to explain Zeyala's illegal actions, he might have a smidgen of credibility. But in true leftist fashion, he leaves out the facts to spin his anti-American diatribe.
Once more, with feeling: Zeyala was removed by the military who were acting under the orders of the Supreme Court. Zeyala's own party in Congress has now helped impeach him. Zeyala's extra-constitutional actions threatened Honduran independence and the rule of law.
What's so hard to understand about that? What's "illegal" about it? A leftist stooge of Chavez has been removed. This is an event that should be cheered by an American president. Instead, Obama subsumes American interests to curry favor with leftists in Latin America and Europe.
It won't work. They despise us anyway, no matter what Obama does. The more he apologizes and sides with them in international disputes, the more they hold him and the US in contempt.
If Obama is seeking to make the world like us, the only way that will happen is if we completely disarm, withdraw our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan (and elsewhere), and agree to abide by whatever the UN says we should do in any international crisis.
As Dirty Harry said; 'That's a high price to pay for being stylish."