I’m no fan of rogue Congressional delegations travelling abroad and undermining our foreign policy a la that dipshit from San Francisco going to Syria, or those useful idiots from Seattle, Michigan, and Napa bankrolled by Saddam Hussein himself. So I’m not jumping up and down celebrating Senator Jim DeMint’s victory over John Kerry’s failed attempt to scuttle his plans to take Congressmen Aaron Schock and Peter Roskam of Illinois and Doug Lamborn from the Greatest State on a “fact-finding” mission to the beleagured Central-American state.
Part of what keeps my feet on the ground here is DeMint’s style. The Twitter message he used to announce the trip read:
Leading delegation to Honduras tomorrow to support Nov 29 elections. Hondurans should be able to choose their own future.
As that cow over at State has said, the Honduran elections will not be recognized by America unless the interrim government gives up its Constitutional authority and puts back in place the criminal Zelaya who she’s so happy to sit down with and give succor to. So DeMint’s goal in his trip was pretty specifically contrary to the policy of the US government.
If his mission were indeed (as he said after Kerry gave it the kibosh) “fact-finding”, he’d have a better standing for support in his trip. As wrong-headed and perverse (not to mention continuously bizarre and vexing) as the Administration’s and State Department’s policy is toward Honduras, it is America’s policy, and undermining it while abroad can have unintended consequences and negative ramifications for the US. And believe me, Sen. DeMint, Obama and Clinton need no help effing up our foreign policy. They’ve pretty much proven their capbility on that front without any assitance.
Nevertheless, thanks to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the delegation proceeded and met this weekend with members of the interim government there.
As tainted as the trip is, I do hope that something good can come out of it. Specifically, I hope that Senator DeMint was temperant in his discussions and didn’t lead the leaders of that country to any ill-founded conclusions. More so, I hope that the delegation actually learned some first-hand information to bring back to Clinton and Obama about the absolutely legal and constitutional ousting of Zelaya and installation of an interim government ahead of elections scheduled next month.
And ultimately, here’s hoping Obama and Clinton will shed their arrogance about the matter, admit they’ve been wrong all along, embrace the rule of law (for once), and support the people (and the Constitution!) of Honduras.
Watch this space to find out. I’ll post what I can find out as I have the time.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)