In Honduras, a US Senate delegation and a House delegation have visited the country since Friday. The New Republic’s James Kirchick writes on Ousting Zelaya
Is Obama on the wrong side of the Honduran constitutional crisis?
The events of the past several months reveal a lack of consistency in Obama’s approach to various foreign conflicts. How does this administration justify its recognition of results of elections in Pakistan, Iraq, and other countries mired in constitutional disputes, but now refuse to recognize an election in Honduras, even if it is conducted in a free and fair manner? And why give greater diplomatic dignity to the representatives of Iran–who have no legitimacy whatsoever–and not those of democratic Honduras? Even after blatantly stealing the presidential election, the White House referred to Ahmadinejad as the “the elected leader” of Iran (which White House spokesman Robert Gibbs later had to retract).
In the immediate wake of Honduras’s constitutional crisis, it was understandable that the administration, caught by surprise, might jump the gun in its denunciation of the military action as a “coup.” Now, three months later and with legal repudiation from within its own government, U.S. policy has become a mistake in search of a rationale.
Don’t miss Mary O’Grady’s excellent article in today’s WSJ: Revolutionary Anti-Semitism
Chávez imports Ahmadinejad’s ideology to Latin America.
The Honduras debate is not really about Honduras. It is about whether it is possible to stop the spread of chavismo and all it implies, including nuclear proliferation and terrorism in Latin America. Most troubling is the unflinching support for Mr. Zelaya from President Barack Obama and Democratic Sen. John Kerry—despite the Law Library of Congress review that shows that Mr. Zelaya’s removal from office was legal, and the clear evidence that he is Mr. Chávez’s man in Tegucigalpa. On Thursday, Mr. Kerry took the unprecedented step of trying to block a fact-finding mission to Honduras by Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who is resisting Mr. Obama’s efforts to restore Mr. Zelaya to power.
Otto Reich talking about Honduras, Venezuela and Obama:
Kerry’s Banana Politics
Congress: Banana republic politics aren’t just confined to Honduras these days. On Thursday, Sen. John Kerry tried to halt Sen. Jim DeMint’s trip there in a tit-for-tat slap. And he thinks it’s Hondurans who need dialogue?
Mexico’s troubled oil industry: How many Mexicans does it take to drill an oil well?
More than 140,000, and even then they’re not very good at it. For this, now acute, problem, blame the politicians
Mosto Bistro Again
You can play a great game and still not win,”
Sophisticated Asian mafias organize intricate journeys to the U.S. A typical route leads from Beijing to Rome to Caracas, Venezuela, to Mexico City to the border, according to Matthew Allen, chief agent of the Phoenix office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Special thanks to the Baron, Dick, El Marco, Eneas, Larwyn, Maggie and Maria.
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DeMint’s trip to Honduras is on; UPDATE: photo from the visit
Kerry’s political blackmail
Lula, Arias, Honduras, and the US: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Newt on Honduras
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Honduras suspends civil liberties: 15 Minutes on Latin America UPDATE: Micheletti will restore civil liberties
U.S. blasts Zelaya for “foolish” return
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