Well it isn’t enough that the Obama administration has backed the subversion of the Honduran constitutional order by backing the ousted would be dictator Zelaya. He is now moving ahead in aggressively punishing the small Central American nation for daring to break out of banana republic status by honoring their law by threatening to cut off aid. Reuters reports:
U.S. State Department staff have recommended that the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya be declared a “military coup,” a U.S. official said on Thursday, a step that could cut off as much as $150 million in U.S. funding to the impoverished Central American nation…
Washington has already suspended about $18 million aid to Honduras following the June 28 coup and this would be formally cut if the determination is made because of a U.S. law barring aid “to the government of any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup or decree.”
It is interesting that the state department wants to call this a coup given the fact that Zelaya is a thief who raided the treasury who sought to subvert the constitution.
Honduran officials are investigating allegations that President Manuel Zelaya and his chief of staff stole millions of dollars from the central bank before the military ousted Mr. Zelaya last month, according to a senior Honduran official, government documents and other evidence.
A security video from the Central Bank of Honduras made available to The Washington Times shows officials entering the bank June 24 and withdrawing large amounts of Honduran currency. The money was driven to the office of Mr. Zelaya’s chief of staff, Enrique Flores Lanza, according to depositions by three witnesses to Honduran prosecutors.
Government documents and testimony by the three say that about $2.2 million was taken.
Well he sounds like a fine upstanding leader committed to constitutional government. If only he were a tax cheat he could aim for employment as one of Obama’s cabinet members.
Really though, it is ridiculous for this to be called a “coup” seeing as how his arrest was ordered by the Honduran Supreme Court acting in accordance to its duties to uphold the constitution (something our Supreme Court seems unable to do).
Zelaya’s attempts to amend the constitution to allow him to stand for re-election was itself an attempted coup that was legally thwarted and our president is siding with the lawbreaker. I can only hope that cooler and wiser heads prevail before we consign the Honduran people to a Chavez style dictatorship.
Thank You! Lately it seems like the world community is losing its mind! How can anyone support such crook as Zelaya is beyond me! It’s almost as if Obama has been bought by Hugo Chavez’s narco-dollars! That can’t be can it? I hate to say this but I want Bush back! At least he didn’t bow to all these corrupt and anti-democratic leaders! What is wrong with the Obama Administration? Do they really want Latin America to be ruled by Socialist/Communist thugs?
You forgot to mention that he was getting ready to rig the vote in the Referendum that got him thrown out in the first place. Yes they didn’t know he was trying to rig it at the time but the referendum was already unconstitutional under Honduran law.
They should never have deported him like they did, he should have been put under house arrest and tried for his crimes, but so what. He still needed to be removed. Honduras want to be our friend, in a place where we have very few, but no Obama wants to throw them to the wolves and it looks like he might do that with Columbia too. Obama will suck up to the people that hate us just to be “nice”, and a “new American POTUS”, to people who hate us and always will for the near future, but he doesn’t want to even pretend to care about the people who actually want to be our friends and really want to work with us.
I usually refuse to apologize for my country, but to the Honduran people, I’m sorry, if there was any more I could do I would do it.
The banana republic on the Potomac supports Zelaya, a fellow traveler.
Doing his part for the jihad, Hussein attacks each and every structure of Western Civilization. Honduras is his latest victim.
Because, if a Constitution can be allowed to stop facism in Honduras, then it sets a bad example for those still clinging to the Constitution in the states.
I agree. This is one of those events that has flown under the radar for a lot of Americans, but this was a complete about-face for this Administration relative to previous Administrations. When you have Obama hugging Chavez and coming out in support of this guy, you have true change from past American precedent. And that is very scary. Moral relativism has consequences.
This guy was properly deposed and we should be supporting their sovereign rights to do this.
There are plenty of not so good moments in US foreign policy where we’ve sided with dictators or dealt with less than savoury regimes, but usually because of necessity as in the cold war or in the case of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” In this case though, there are no compelling US security interests and no real reason to back Zelaya. It would be better to say nothing than to do this.
If only he were a tax cheat he could aim for employment as one of Obama’s cabinet members.
Sounds like he’d be a great diversity officer or health care czar, if only he were sufficiently left wing to serve under Obama.