Final Score: Honduras 1 Obama 0

Faced with the utter failure of yet another of his boneheaded, anti-American ally, foreign policy decisions, Obama finally gives up, waves his ever handy white flag, and surrenders to the good guys’ rule of law in Honduras.

Honduras: Obama administration finally and completely abandons Zelaya

The Obama administration’s wishy-washy attitude toward Honduran elections finally lands him on the right side of the issue: in favor of Honduras and its democracy, and against ousted President Manuel Zelaya, who was thrown out after attempting to extend his reign illegally.

The United States says it supports Sunday’s presidential election in Honduras as an “essential” part of a solution to that country’s ongoing political crisis.

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly says the U.S. thinks it is important that the people of Honduras have the opportunity to “express their votes in a free and transparent way.”

…Spokesman Kelly noted that the election, in which neither [Interim President Roberto] Micheletti nor Mr. Zelaya is running, is being organized by an electoral tribunal that was selected and installed in a transparent, democratic process before the coup. He said it is important the election be seen as free, fair and transparent, and is monitored by a credible international monitoring process.

After an Obama knee-jerk reaction to Zelaya’s ouster in June, the U.S. had insisted on Zelaya’s reinstatement. This would have harmed Honduras’s Congress and high court, which had ousted Zelaya, even as it served no discernible U.S. interest. At the same time, Zelaya’s continuation in power would have benefited one of Zelaya’s main allies and alleged sources of funding — Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.

By hanging Zelaya out to dry — leaving him powerless and languishing in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, possibly facing trial for illegally seeking re-election — the administration saves face in Honduras and ultimately does the right thing. The Honduran Congress will vote on Dec. 2, after the next president has been elected, whether to reinstate Zelaya as a lame duck, and with the election already decided, they won’t be under any pressure to do so and reverse their earlier decision.

So all’s well that ends well. But even so, as we recently opined, a happy ending is still no excuse for Obama’s half-cocked diplomacy, and no number of low bows to Honduras’s next president will make up for the damage he has caused there. Again, his legendary inexperience in world matters shows.

See also:
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Obama’s Honduran debacle
Micheletti steps aside for Honduras poll
Zelaya warns US support for Honduras election divisive
INTERVIEW-US risks isolation over Honduras election-Brazil
Honduras vote to sideline president, enshrine coup
Hondurans march supporting elections without Zelaya
Our Man In Tegucigalpa Is A Raving Lunatic
Still Stuck On Stupid And Doubling Down
Selective Meddle For Communist Dictators

Well, ever since the U.S. reversed course and decided to support this Sunday’s November 29th Honduran elections, all the world’s communists, socialists, assorted tin pot dictators and far left loons have been screaming bloody murder.

/what does that tell you about what was the right thing for the United States to do?

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Zelaya negotiator says Honduras talks reach deal

Negotiators on Wednesday reached a deal that may resolve a crisis in Honduras sparked by a coup three months ago, but the agreement needs to be approved by ousted President Manuel Zelaya and de facto leader Roberto Micheletti, Zelaya’s lead negotiator, Victor Meza, told reporters.

End to Honduras crisis? Not so fast, negotiator says

A negotiator for de facto Honduran President Roberto Micheletti said that no deal was reached between the two opposed sides Wednesday, as other government officials had reported.

Ninety percent of an agreement to end the country’s ongoing political crisis has been reached, Micheletti negotiator Vilma Morales said at a news conference Wednesday, but some key points remained to be worked out.

See also:
De facto Honduran gov’t to analyze agreement about Zelaya’s reinstatement
Accounts at Odds on Honduras Deal
Honduras Negotiators Move Closer to a Deal
As Honduran foes near a deal, crisis ‘almost at an end’
In Honduras, Elections Pose Test for Diplomats
Our Man In Tegucigalpa Is A Raving Lunatic
Spinning Zelaya

Seeing as how his removal was legal and Honduran elections are scheduled for next month anyway, I’m not sure why there are even negotiations to reinstate Zelaya, except to placate the Obama administration’s bizzare threat not to recognize the elections. That’s right, the United States won’t recognize the constitutionally scheduled Honduran elections unless the Honduran government bends over for Obama’s State department and negotiates with the legally removed socialist, anti-semitic Hugo Chavez wannabe.

/as far as I’m concerned, they should just let his paranoid ass rot in the Brazilian embassy

Our Man In Tegucigalpa Is A Raving Lunatic

Whoopsies, someone better tell Hillary and Obama that their man in Tegucigalpa is a crazed, paranoid, anti-Semitic common commie criminal.

They’re torturing me, Honduras’ Manuel Zelaya claims

It’s been 89 days since Manuel Zelaya was booted from power. He’s sleeping on chairs, and he claims his throat is sore from toxic gases and “Israeli mercenaries” are torturing him with high-frequency radiation.

“We are being threatened with death,” he said in an interview with The Miami Herald, adding that mercenaries were likely to storm the embassy where he has been holed up since Monday and assassinate him.

. . .

Honduran police spokesman Orlin Cerrato said he knew nothing of any radiation devices being used against the former president.

“He says there are mercenaries against him? Using some kind of apparatus?” Cerrato said. “No, no, no, no. Sincerely: no. The only elements surrounding that embassy are police and military, and they have no such apparatus.”

. . .

Israeli government sources in Miami said they could not confirm the presence of any “Israelis mercenaries” in Honduras.

The evil Jews are torturing poor Zelaya with poson gas and radiation waves, they’re out to assasinate him! What a loon! And this is the crazy ass Chavez wannabe that the Obama administration has thrown in with. Oh, and remember that supposed “coup” the Obama administration is obsessed with punishing the Honduran government and people for? It turns out that it wasn’t a “coup” at all, under Honduran law, the removal of former President Zelaya was Constitutional.

CRS Report: Honduran ‘coup’ appears legit

In response to the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, the U.S. State Department cut off foreign aid to Honduras and stopped approving visas for government officials. The U.S. is even threatening now to de-legitimize that nation’s upcoming November elections, and has been treating the interim government of Roberto Micheletti as a rogue regime.

But State’s is not the only opinion. By way of contrast, a new report (click here for the pdf) from the Congressional Research Service bears out what our editorial board has been pointing out for months now: The situation in Honduras should not be a cause for concern in Washington. It should a relief.

President Zelaya, who was attempting to subvert the constitutional order of Honduras by seeking re-election (considered a crime there) was removed from office by the order of civilian authorities, and the constitutional order of succession was honored afterward.

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“The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service concluded the removal of former President Zelaya was Constitutional, and we must respect that,” Rep. Aaron Schock said today. “It’s unconscionable the administration would attempt to force Honduras to violate its own Constitution by cutting of foreign aid.”

See also:
HONDURAS: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW ISSUES
Spinning Zelaya

So, the Obama Administration and the State Department picked the side with the crazed, paranoid, anti-Semitic common commie criminal, the same side Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and the Castro brothers are on. Go figure.

/I swear, these Obama Administration and State Department morons could watch a hundred episodes of the Road Runner cartoon and still bet on Wile E. Coyote

Spinning Zelaya

To hear Hillary tell it, you’d think it was reminiscent of MacArthur’s triumphant return to the Philippines.

Clinton, Arias: Zelaya return could help end Honduras crisis

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias said Monday that ousted leader Manuel Zelaya’s return to Honduras offers an opportunity to end the country’s political crisis.

“Now that President Zelaya is back it would be opportune to restore him to his position under appropriate circumstances, get on with the election that is currently scheduled for November, have a peaceful transition of presidential authority and get Honduras back to constitutional and democratic order,” Clinton told reporters as she met with Arias in New York.

Well, what Hillary didn’t say is that, although Zelaya sneaked across the border like a thief in the night, he’s technically still not back in Honduras, he’s hiding like a coward in the Brazilian embassy to avoid arrest.

Honduras under curfew as ousted president returns

Ousted President Manuel Zelaya sneaked back into Honduras on Monday almost three months after he was toppled in a coup, and took refuge in the Brazilian embassy to avoid arrest by the de facto government.

The move forced de facto leaders in Honduras to impose a 15-hour curfew according to an official announcement on local media.

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Mr. Zelaya had been in exile mostly in Nicaragua while a de facto government that backed the coup against him became more entrenched in office, defying international calls to allow the leftist president to return.

But his sudden appearance in Honduras on Monday increased pressure on the country’s ruler Roberto Micheletti to cede power and increased the chance of violent protests or a standoff at the embassy

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Micheletti, whose government is not recognized internationally, earlier on Monday vowed to have Zelaya detained.

“The moment that we know he has entered the country we are going to go ahead with his arrest. We have search and capture teams to carry out his arrest,” Micheletti told Reuters before news broke that Zelaya had taken refuge in the embassy.

See also:
Curfew imposed in Honduras after Zelaya’s return
Zelaya returns to Honduras
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Brazil Confirms Manuel Zelaya At Embassy In Honduras
Zelaya takes refuge at Brazilian embassy in Honduras
Ousted president Zelaya appears in Honduras
Ousted president Zelaya returns to Honduran capital: Chavez
Selective Meddle For Communist Dictators
Still Stuck On Stupid And Doubling Down

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Seeing as how Zelaya was lawfully removed from office by the Honduran high court, according to Honduran law, it’s still puzzling as to why the Obama administration has obsessively come down on the side of all the communist and socialist regimes in the region. Then again, after watching the Obama administration in action for over six months now, maybe it’s not really that puzzling after all.

/Zelaya can’t hide in the Brazilian embassy forever, as soon as he comes out the Honduran government should arrest him and throw his Chavez wannabe ass in jail

Still Stuck On Stupid And Doubling Down

US moves toward formal cutoff of aid to Honduras

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 tens of millions of dollars in U.S. funding to the impoverished Central American nation.

The official, who spoke on condition he not be named, said State Department staff had made such a recommendation to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was expected to make a decision on the matter soon.

Washington already suspended about $18 million in aid to Honduras after 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.”

The president of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez, called for Honduras to be suspended from the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) with the United States as a means of putting pressure on the de facto government.

CAFTA offers its members preferential commercial terms.

Despite worldwide opposition over the past two months to the ouster of Zelaya, who was whisked to exile in an army plane, the interim government of former Congress head Roberto Micheletti says it will not be pressured into stepping down.

See also:
US Prepares Further Sanctions Against Honduras Coup Leaders
Clinton ponders action against Honduras
US ready to cut off millions to coup-hit Honduras
US ‘disappointed’ by Honduras mission failure
Selective Meddle For Communist Dictators

Military coup? It was the Honduran high court that removed Zelaya and appointed Micheletti, the civilian head of Congress, as the interim President, until the next scheduled elections. Besides escorting Zelaya to the airport, by order of the Honduran high court, the Honduran military had nothing to do with the transfer of civilian power and the military was never in control of the government, not even for one minute.

/is there some reason the United States is carrying water for the Castro brothers, Hugo Chavez, and Daniel Ortega here?

Selective Meddle For Communist Dictators

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 . . .

Obama Calls for Return of Honduran President

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 leader plans return to Honduras

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.

US says Zelaya wise not to return yet to Honduras

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.

Zelaya accused of drug ties

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.

See also:
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Southcom chills ties with Honduran military
Honduras and the Bolivarian Revolution
Isolated Nicaragua senses opportunity in Honduras crisis

Still confused about where Obama is on this and where the United States should be? Let’s go to the scorecard.

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And, as usual, Charles Krauthammer nails reality to the objective wall.

Any further questions?

/class dismissed