Word from Honduras this weekend that a tentative settlement might have been reached between ousted former president Manuel Zelaya and the interim government in Tegucigalpa might bring the episode so many ignorant members of the Obama Administration, its State Department, and deer-in-the-headlights fawning (get it?) press have insisted on calling a “coup”, which it isn’t and has not ever been. I won’t rehash the whole thing. I’ve written about it here, here, and here. Follow the links in those posts (particularly the ones that point to Wall Street Journal articles) for a brief history of the whole mess.
I’m optimistic because the settlement calls for the Honduran Supreme Court first to issue an opinion on his return. Then Zelaya must face his nation’s Congress who will vote on whether or not to allow him to serve out the remainder of what would have been his term as president. Given (as Otto Reich mentions) that the Supreme Court unanimously ruled against him in June, and the Congress voted 122-6 against him at the time, it’s unlikely he’s going to be taking back his old office.
I’m cautious, however, because why would Zelaya knowingly agree to face such an inevitable shit-storm? He undoubtedly has the support of Venezuela’s Chavez, who will undoubtedly attempt to rouse (through coersion, threats, or out-right bribes) members of that representative body (which, I needn’t remind you is populated by a majority of Zelaya’s own party) into reinstating the would-be dictator. I’m not ready to claim victory for the Honduran people just yet. After all, it is Central America, and it’s not as if there’s a stalwart American voice calling for the defense of law and order (or even respect for the Constitution). I smell a rat. We’ll have to wait and see.
Oh yea, and America. How have our leaders worked to restore law and order in Honduras? Well, if Zelaya is (once again) sent packing and the elections scheduled for later this month go on as planned in an orderly and democratic fashion, it’ll be no thanks to President Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Since the beginning of this crisis, the Obama Administration and State Department seems to have been working stridently against fair and lawful resolution to this saga. All along the way, they have offered zero in defense of their non-sensical position of denying Hondurans their right to a solid Constitutional government while supporting this Chavez mini-me. When asked to defend their decisions, they have bobbed and weaved. While the Congressional Research Service (a law branch of the Library of Congress) found the ouster to be legit, State’s top lawyer, Harold Koh continued to stonewall on even the reasoning behind the inconceivable decision of the Secretary and her boss.
The agreement allowing Zelaya to (once again) face his peoples’ representatives to (once again) decide his fate gives Clinton and Obama just what they need: A face-saving out. Nobody, once this is over, is likely to revisit their oulandishly stupid decisions and prevarications on the situation. Indeed, if all is well and over, they should be very grateful for hte short attention-spans of their handmaids in the US press.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)