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:

Obama vs. Honduran Democracy
The Obama administration is using its brass knuckles to support Latin American thugs.

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.

UPDATE
Jennifer Rubin:

There have been more dangerous and serious missteps by the Obama administration, but few are as shameful as this one.

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5 Responses to “Obama vs Honduran Democracy”

  1. Pat Patterson Says:

    I guess that 15 minutes of the realization that the US had committed to the wrong man is truly and embarassingly over for this administration.

  2. Anthony Says:

    And yet Obama pleaded the need to show restraint when dealing with a stolen election and murderous repression of pro-democracy, pro-rule of law demonstrators in Iran.

    I’ve tried to give the Administration the benefit of the doubt when it comes to foreign affairs: assuming they’re weak Carter retreads and not malicious, but crap like this makes it harder each day.

  3. John Says:

    My red flags about Obama’s foreign policy are flying at full staff. Obama named a guy by the name of Mark Lloyd as the new FCC “Chief Diversity Officer”. This guy sang the praises of Chavez. Appears this guy’s job is to shut down radio talk stations which do not agree with the Obama Administration.

    When I write about the Honduran situation I refer to Micheletti as President Micheletti. When I refer to Zelaya I call him the ex President of Honduras. When I refer to the Coup I call it the June 25th Coup started by ex president Zelaya.

    It is little noted in the press but Ortega in Nicaragua is trying to change the constitution so he can be president for life.

  4. AJB Says:

    Just curious. Should we assume that the IACHR, HRW, and AI all shills for Latin American leftists? Because a regime that gang-rapes protesters and shuts down the news media doesn’t sound like it’s worthy of foreign aid.

    Why is it okay when Honduras gets away with the same exact human rights violations you accuse Chavez & co. of?

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