I regret having not blogged more extensively on the topic of Honduras, although I and some commenters have brought it up a few times. The long story short can be read in several places to which I’ve already linked (specifically, here and here), but in sum, the legal and democratic institutions of the tiny Central American country upheld the rule of law earlier this summer by ousting their president when he was in direct and incontrovertible violation of their constitution.
Then the Obama Administration and its State Department, naturally, ‘effed it up by supporting the ousted Zelaya and demanding his return to power without even the slightest hint of irony (having only a week or two earlier claimed the moral high ground for not “meddling” in Iran). Obama went so far as to even suspend military activities with Honduras and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revoked visas for some Honduran officials.
What’s left to do? Why how about a complete termination of all non-emergency aid to the mouse that had the temerity to roar in order to keep its democracy?
Check out this nonsensical passage from the State Department’s statement:
Restoration of the terminated assistance will be predicated upon a return to democratic, constitutional governance in Honduras.
Huh? An exercise of “democratic, constitutional governance” is exactly what the Congress and Supreme Court of Honduras was doing, you morons! How about if Honduras has an election in November (You know, the one that’s scheduled for then, and has been all along…the one Zelaya was trying to hijack?) and we can all move on and wash our hands of all this. No need to do something stupid and amateurish that might diplomatically paint the US into a corner, right?
Oh, wait. From the same press release:
[November's upcoming elections in Honduras] must be undertaken in a free, fair and transparent manner. It must also be free of taint and open to all Hondurans to exercise their democratic franchise. At this moment, we would not be able to support the outcome of the scheduled elections.
WTF? So the story goes that in order for Honduras to demonstrate to Hillary Clinton and that international wizard Barack Obama that they are committed to “democratic, constitutional governance”, Hondurans will have to restore a criminal to their presidency and allow him to run the nation’s upcoming presidential election.
Would be kinda nice if someone asked the Secretary what the hell she (and her boss) is thinking.
Or at least what are Bill’s thoughts?
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)