"Obama doesn't know what he's doing!" snapped Honduran foreign minister Enrique Ortez this July, 4. "He doesn't know anything about anything!" continued Ortez. "He probably can't even find Tegucigalpa on a map."
The U.S. was then (as now) denouncing the democratic Honduran government's actions to uphold their constitution and thwart a Chavez/Castro satrap hell-bent on converting their nation into a client narco-state for Hugo Chavez. Honduras' Supreme Court voted unanimously to oust Zelaya, and her legislature voted the 125- 5 for same. The five contrarian legislators belong to Honduras' Communist party, long known for dutifully carrying water for papa Fidel.
The Honduran minister, Mr Ortez, knowing full-well what had been at stake, and knowing full-well the meticulously legal procedure his countrymen had followed -- and how they'd acted in the nick of time to save both his nation's and the U.S.' interests by ousting Zelaya -- was blowing his cool, quite understandably, if a bit undiplomatically.
But let's hope Mr Ortez was right. Let's hope the Obama administration's relentless bullying of the painstakingly democratic and steadfastly U.S.-friendly Honduran government of President Roberto Micheletti (who promptly fired minister Ortez after his comment, btw) issues from mere ignorance.
Let's hope Washington's frowns and snarls against methodically constitutional and free-market Honduras (while she flutters here eyelashes and blows kisses at Stalinist Cuba) are an unwitting lapse. Let's hope the economic and diplomatic sanctions Hillary Clinton's State Department are using to try and pistol-whip long-time U.S. ally Honduras to cave-in to the designs of Hugo Chavez, Raul Castro and Daniel Ortega are merely misinformed, and nothing more.
Otherwise our nation is in much deeper guano than most conservatives already suspect.
Given the Obama State Dept's new rulings (cutting off tens of millions in aid along with all visa services for Hondurans), it's probably easier for a Cuban DGI (Castro's KGB-trained secret police) to travel to Washington than for a Honduran textile salesman to visit New Orleans for a convention. We live in peculiar times, for sure.
The U.S.' most important overseas military base in the Western hemisphere sits in Honduras. Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro (and especially!) Sandinista Daniel Ortega in next-door Nicaragua, find this state of affairs highly discomfiting. Ortega probably wets his pants every time he recalls the mid 80's when he was the strutting Central-American Golden-boy for Castro/Soviet imperialism.
Then the Reagan team (despite the Democrats of the time throwing a kicking, screaming bawling fit) stepped in. The Reaganites employed this Honduran base to help supply Nicaragua's freedom-fighting Contras, who turned the tide of tropical Stalinism. Military supplies, many unloaded at this Honduran base, allowed the Contras to fight Ortega's Soviet-supplied and led (via Cuba) Sandinistas to a standstill and thus allowed Nicaragua's own voters to boot Ortega from office. This left Castro and Ortega, (and Democrats from John Kerry to Ted Kennedy to Chris Dodd) stamping their feet and fuming in another uncontrollable hissy-fit!
But nowadays, thanks to their old friends' (Democrats) ascendancy in Washington, Castro and Ortega (joined by Hugo Chavez) seem poised for a comeback tour to shame The Eagles' latest. And "My oh my, they sure know how to arrange things," with the Organization of American States, the United Nations, the European Union and the U.S. State Dept. all reciting these dictators' talking points against the fully legal, democratic and popularly-backed Honduran government.
Last month during a week-long visit to Honduras, your humble servant found himself amidst these tens of thousands of Hondurans showing support for their fully legal/constitutional government. But you will search the MSM in utter, utter vain for any hint of these demonstrations, attended by several hundred thousand Hondurans, and where a very common placard read: "CNN Why Don't you Show This!"
But ah! Let two dozen Zelaya (paid) backers burn some tires and it's all over the news.
That mid 80's Reaganite (with the help of Hondurans) spanking to Castro and Russia still stings their butt-boy/valet Daniel Ortega, who during this April's "Summit of the Americas," was quick to remind Obama of his still smarting buttocks. The most vital stanza of Daniel Ortega's Sandinista anthem (Latin American leftists catch and extra breath and sing it with all the fervor we use for 'Ban-ner ..ye-et WA-A-VE!') bashes the U.S. as "El E-NE-MIGO de la HU-MA-NI -DAD!) (the enemy of humanity!)
And at this latest "Summit of the Americas" Ortega had a golden opportunity to shriek and bellow the gist of this stanza into the very face of a U.S. President -- and for a full 50 minutes, as most of the Western Hemisphere's bemused leaders snickered and giggled.
But fear not! Obama wasn't about to stand for such! And (even without a teleprompter) he narrowed his eyes, rolled up his sleeve -- and hit back hard!
"We have at times been disengaged," responded the American President to the Nicaraguan Communist pedophile, as the audience snickered, "and at times we sought to dictate our terms, but I pledge to you that we seek an equal partnership. There is no senior partner and junior partner in our relations."
"Yikes!"a quaking Ortega no doubt gasped in response. Then he ordered his army on full alert, activated his anti-aircraft missiles, and scurried into his bomb shelter!
"Those Americans," snickered Brazilian president Janio Quadros in 1961 as he watched the Castro brothers and Che make monkeys of America's "Best and Brightest" by setting up a Soviet regime 90 miles from U.S. shores with U.S. government acquiescence, "are just like women. They have a masochistic streak. The more you slap them around, the more you get out of them."
Who at this Latin American Summit would disagree?
"We're convinced that Zelaya was scheming to turn your Military base over to Chavez," disclosed Honduran de-jure President Micheletti to your humble servant here, during a recent two-hour interview/confab. "We started getting suspicious when suddenly last year, out of the blue, Zelaya declared that Honduras desperately needed another International airport." WHAT?! all us legislators asked ourselves, while looking at each other wide-eyed? Honduras airports are perfectly adequate for our needs-and everyone knows that..?."
"That U.S. base in Palmerola would make a great location for that airport" Zelaya continued. "And Venezuela has promised to finance the project."
"Whoops!" we all said. Then we started inquiring more closely, and got to the bottom of this scheme. Zelaya, we finally concluded, planned to boot out the U.S. military (under that airport pretext) and convert this base, essentially, into a way-station for Chavez-FARC drug shipments to the U.S.
Fourteen Venezuelan-registered planes crashed in Honduras during the past 2 years; all carried cocaine, or traces of the substance when located. Since Zelaya's ouster not one such plane has been discovered. (Note: these are just the planes that crashed. Imagine the overall traffic Zelaya was facilitating through Honduras for his sugar-daddy, Hugo Chavez.) Given a free hand to investigate since Zelaya's constitutional ouster, Honduran authorities have discovered 9 clandestine airstrips in remote portions of the nation.
(Note to readers: You will search the MSM in utter vain for any notice of this.)
"I hereby accuse the United States of being the biggest menace to our planet! Let's save the human race. Let's finish off the U.S.! Go to Hell, Gringos! (Hugo Chavez, July 2006)
"My dream is to drop three Atomic Bombs on New York City (Raul -not Fidel-- Castro, Nov. 1960)
"The U.S. is a vulture preying on humanity! ... my true destiny is a war against the U.S.! ( Fidel Castro, July 1958) Together Iran and Cuba can bring America to her knees!" (Fidel Castro April, 2001)
"The U.S. is the enemy of humanity!" Daniel Ortega (almost daily since 1979)
These are the gentlemen our State department is backing against democratic and U.S.-ally Honduras.
"I've always been a friend and great admirer of the United States. No legally elected President of Honduras will give the U.S. base in Honduras to Chavez, who is so closely allied with the soon-to-be nuclear-armed Iranian regime." (Roberto Micheletti July, 2009 to your humble servant.) This is the man our State Department is scheming to depose, hand in hand with the above narco-despots, Stalinists and mass-murderers.
So again, let's hope President Micheletti's former Foreign Minister was right, and "what we have here" is nothing more serious than "a failure to communicate." Otherwise, my friends?.....well, draw your own conclusions.
Humberto Fontova is the author of four books including Exposing the Real Che Guevara. Visit hfontova.com.