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March 29, 2010

Just A Reminder: Leftist American Administration Still Fighting Against Forces Of Liberty In Honduras

Mary O'Grady of the Wall Street Journal has been on this story since the beginning and she's not letting it go. Not only does she have new details on the machinations of the US government in support of Manuel Zelaya Chavez lite attempted coup and America's continuing efforts to destabilize a democratic ally.

Last year, the U.S. tried to force the reinstatement of deposed president Manuel Zelaya. When that failed and Team Obama was looking like the Keystone Cops, it sent a delegation to Tegucigalpa to negotiate a compromise.

Participants in those talks say Dan Restrepo, senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council, let slip that the U.S. interest had to do with American politics. The Republicans, he said, were using the administration's support for Mr. Zelaya, an ally of Venezuelan Hugo Chávez, against the Democrats. It's not going to work, Mr. Restrepo is said to have informed the other negotiators, because "we have the power" and would be keeping it for a long time.

It can't have been comforting for Hondurans to learn that while their country was living a monumental crisis, fueled by U.S. policy, Mr. Restrepo's concern was his party's power. For the record, an NSC spokesman says "Mr. Restrepo didn't say that." But my sources are more plausible considering what has transpired since.

Four months after a presidential election, reports from Honduras suggest the Obama administration remains obsessed with repairing its foreign-policy image by regaining the upper hand. The display of raw colonialist hubris is so pronounced that locals now refer to U.S. ambassador Hugo Llorens as "the proconsul."

...The U.S., as represented by Mr. Llorens, has been at the center of the Zelaya crisis all along. People familiar with events leading up to Mr. Zelaya's arrest on June 28 say that had the U.S. ambassador not worked behind the scenes to block a congressional vote to remove the president a few days earlier, the dramatic deportation would never have happened.

The State Department denies this allegation. But numerous sources maintain that Mr. Llorens' interference allowed Mr. Zelaya to push ahead with an unconstitutional referendum. Fearing he would use violence—as he had before—to trample the rule of law, the Supreme Court took action. Mr. Zelaya was arrested, shipped off to San José, and removed from power by a vote of Congress the same day.

Displays of raw power and ineptitude...that about sums up this administration.

Read the whole piece and see how Llorens is still interfering in Honduran affairs though manipulations of visas and the role he may have plaid in having former interim president Roberto Micheletti (a key figure in saving Honduras' democracy) removed for his party position.

Amazingly but not shockingly, Obama is still pressing for Zelaya's return to Honduras without facing any charges for his actions as President. Aside for this naked interference in the legal process of a democratic ally, Zelaya's return would likely lead to renewed violence. Given the economic damage done to this already desperately poor country by Zelaya's actions, his return is the last thing the country needs. Yet Obama, not content with ruining one country financially, is insisting upon it.

I was disgusted by Obama's sting of apologies to foreign nations last year but the fact is the next president is going to have issue quite a few apologies for the behavior of this disgusting administration.


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