In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern, op-eds on Zelaya’s return to Honduras:
Micheletti Willing to Meet With Zelaya to End Honduras Crisis, to which Zelaya replied by acussing Micheletti of manipulation. The UN had delivered food and water to the Brazilian embassy yesterday evening.
Babalu has a translation of Micheletti’s speech:
Stirring Up Chaos Inside Honduras
Sara Miller Llana of the Christian Science Monitor is asking, Honduras crisis: Did Zelaya snub Hugo Chávez for Brazil?
Ousted President Manuel Zelaya chose to hole up in Brazil’s embassy out of concern that his ties to Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez would diminish his support in Honduras.
The Honduras Mess
Wonderful: Obama grants visa to Burmese junta member — but not to Honduran leaders
Giving Honduras the cold shoulder
The latest rumor:
According to the television news program, Hoy Mismo, in Honduras, the United States spokesperson, Ian Kelly has stated the United States will usher Manual Zelaya from the Brazilian embassy to their own embassy in Honduras, and from there transport him to the United States.
As far as I could find, Kelly has not made that assertion yet.
And, while at the UN
The UN loves Barack Obama because he is weak
It is not hard to see why a standing ovation awaits Barack Obama when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly today, writes Nile Gardiner.
It is natural that much of the UN will embrace an American president who declines to offer strong American leadership. A president who engages dictators like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez will naturally gain respect from the leaders of the more than 100 members of the United Nations who are currently designated as “partly free” or “not free” by respected watchdog Freedom House.
The UN is not a club of democracies – who still remain a minority within its membership – it is a vast melting pot of free societies, socialist regimes and outright tyrannies. Obama’s clear lack of interest in human rights issues is a big seller at the UN, where at least half its members have poor human rights records.
The president scores highly at the UN for refusing to project American values and military might on the world stage, with rare exceptions like the war against the Taliban. His appeasement of Iran, his bullying of Israel, his surrender to Moscow, his call for a nuclear free world, his siding with Marxists in Honduras, his talk of a climate change deal, have all won him plaudits in the large number of UN member states where US foreign policy has traditionally been viewed with contempt.
Simply put, Barack Obama is loved at the UN because he largely fails to advance real American leadership. This is a dangerous strategy of decline that will weaken US power and make her far more vulnerable to attack.
Thanks to Dick & Maggie for the links.
Link to Telegraph article corrected