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.