Juan Carlos Hidalgo at the Cato Institute asks, What Principle is Guiding Obama’s Honduras Policy?, considering that the Obama administration considers the election in Mauritania legitimate, even when
Mauritania’s General Muhammad Ould Abdelaziz, the head of the military junta who led the coup that overthrew that country’s first democratically-elected president, got himself elected as civilian president after an election that the opposition called an “elected coup.”
At the same time, the Obama administration, as I have previously posted, refuses to support the outcome of the upcoming November election in Honduras, which was scheduled before Zelaya’s removal by the country’s courts and legislature.
The question remains, then,
Why is it that the election in Mauritania—with its many blatant flaws—passed the Obama administration’s legitimacy litmus test but the one in Honduras already seems set to fail it? What foreign policy principle is the administration applying in Honduras? Certainly not respect for democracy or the rule of law, both of which Zelaya was trying to subvert when he was removed from office.
We have yet to find an answer.
Thanks to Dick for the link.