Obama vs Honduran Democracy
Considering how the US is moving towards formally cutting off aid to Honduras, the following is not surprising at all: Mary O’Grady of the WSJ reports on the Obama administration’s behind-the-scenes shenanigans:
Mr. Obama’s methods are decidedly uncool. Prominent Hondurans, including leading members of the business community, complain that a State Department official has been pressuring them to push the interim government to accept the return of Mr. Zelaya to power.
When I asked the State Department whether it was employing such dirty tricks a spokeswoman would only say the U.S. has been “encouraging all members of civil society to support the San Jose ‘accord’”—which calls for Mr. Zelaya to be restored to power. Perhaps something was lost in the translation but threats to use U.S. power against a small, poor nation hardly qualify as encouragement.
Elsewhere in the region there are reports that U.S. officials have been calling Latin governments to demand that they support the U.S. position. When I asked State whether that was true, a spokeswoman would not answer the question. She would only say that the U.S. is “cooperating with the [Organization of American States] and [Costa Rican President] Oscar Arias to support the San José accord.”
In other words, though it won’t admit to coercion, it is fully engaged in arm-twisting at the OAS in order to advance its agenda.
The other day Ed was saying,
If Zelaya doesn’t accept these [Micheletti's] terms, it’s difficult to see how Zelaya can keep claiming that he never intended on building a presidency-for-life. A refusal would make it much more difficult for the Obama administration to keep defending and championing Zelaya, although so far, no one seems embarrassed enough at the prospect to think it will change.
Not so. The Obama administration is committed to one course of action, and one course alone. Their behind-the-scenes behavior shows it.
There have been more dangerous and serious missteps by the Obama administration, but few are as shameful as this one.