Obama won’t meddle in Iran, while their government is shooting people in the streets.
But hey, when it comes to Honduras, he jumps right in . . .
U.S. President Barack Obama says the removal of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was illegal and sets a bad precedent for the region. Mr. Obama spoke after a White House meeting with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
President Obama says the ouster of President Zelaya by the Honduran military must be reversed.
“We believe that the coup was not legal and that President Zelaya remains the President of Honduras – the democratically elected president there,” said President Obama.
Mr. Obama says the United States is joining with others, including the Organization of American States, demanding that President Zelaya be reinstated. He says there is great concern throughout the region about the situation in Honduras.
An illegal coup, really? Let’s see if we can figure out what’s going on here.
Ousted President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras continued to build support yesterday for his return home, but the country’s de facto rulers said he would be arrested the minute he set foot on national territory.
As Zelaya addressed a supportive UN audience in New York, Hondurans in Tegucigalpa were demonstrating against and, in smaller numbers, in favor of the deposed leftist leader. Zelaya was flown to Costa Rica in exile early Sunday after soldiers removed him from his home.
Honduran Attorney General Luis Alberto Rubi, who clashed frequently with Zelaya, said arrest warrants had been issued accusing Zelaya of 18 crimes, including treason and abuse of authority. Rubi said authorities would ask Interpol to detain Zelaya, who has said he plans to return to Honduras tomorrow with a delegation of regional heads of state and other officials.
“The justice tribunals of my country have issued orders to capture [Zelaya] because he broke laws,’’ said Roberto Micheletti, the former head of Congress who legislators chose to replace Zelaya after the army deposed him.
In Washington, where the Obama administration has joined regional leaders in condemning the coup, US officials said yesterday they had severed contacts with the Honduran military, with which they maintained close ties for decades. The United States also will consider cutting off hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, officials said. To do so requires the administration to formally label Zelaya’s ouster a military coup.
In Tegucigalpa, the capital, several thousand opponents of Zelaya filled a downtown square waving blue-and-white Honduran flags and denouncing Zelaya’s ties to Latin leftists such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez.
Repeatedly invoking God and fatherland, Micheletti thanked his followers “united here to protect democracy’’ and pledged to go ahead with presidential elections scheduled for the end of November.
He clasped the hand of General Romeo Vásquez, the army chief who Zelaya had tried to fire, and raised their arms overhead in a sign of victory. Micheletti said army officers were the heroes of the moment for having seized Zelaya from his bedroom Sunday morning and bundled him off into exile, still in his pajamas.
“It wasn’t a coup!’’ the crowd chanted. “Democracy, yes! Communism, no!’’
Most of the wrath seemed directed more at Chávez than at Zelaya. Chávez is seen as a heavy-handed bully by many, and his growing alliance with Zelaya made many Hondurans fear their country was being pulled to the radical left.
So, under international pressure, Zelaya was supposed to gloriously waltz back into power yesterday. Hold the phone, not so fast, the Obama talking points are evolving.
Ousted Honduras President Manuel Zelaya made a “wise” decision to postpone his return to his country, a senior Obama administration official said on Wednesday.
The official said it was important that the Organization of American States be given an opportunity to attempt to find a diplomatic solution to the problem in Honduras before Zelaya tries to return to his country.
But wait, there’s more.
The regime that ousted Manuel Zelaya in Honduras claimed Tuesday that the deposed president allowed tons of cocaine to be flown into the Central American country on its way to the United States.
“Every night, three or four Venezuelan-registered planes land without the permission of appropriate authorities and bring thousands of pounds … and packages of money that are the fruit of drug trafficking,” its foreign minister, Enrique Ortez, told CNN en Espanol.
“We have proof of all of this. Neighboring governments have it. The DEA has it,” he added.
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Still confused about where Obama is on this and where the United States should be? Let’s go to the scorecard.
And, as usual, Charles Krauthammer nails reality to the objective wall.
Any further questions?
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