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June 30, 2009

White House Doubles Down On Honduras

Major Garrett of FNC live Twittered (Tweeted?) today's White House briefing and has these two notes on Honduras.

First, the US is insisting that Zelaya is still President and must be returned to office.

Gibbs also tried to explain the US reacted so quickly to the Honduran situation compared to the protests in Iran because the US wanted to stave off charges we were behind Zelaya's removal.

Um, wasn't the reason Obama gave for not saying anything about Iran was to avoid charges of meddling and not linking the protesters to the US?

In Iran silence=not meddling. In Hondurans talking=not meddling. Um, okay.

The only consistency here is Obama taking the side of the authoritarian figures against the rule of law and those demanding their rights.

Meanwhile, Zelaya says he's heading back home.

Flanked by Latin American leaders who have vowed to help him regain power, Manuel Zelaya said late Monday that Organization of American States Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza had agreed to accompany him back to Honduras.

But the man named by Honduras' Congress as interim president, Roberto Micheletti, indicated Tuesday that Zelaya would risk arrest if he returns because "the courts of my country have issued arrest orders" against him.

Should be interesting to see how far Obama is willing to go to vindicate Zelaya's claims.


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