Re. Those Leaked Wikileaks Cables On Honduras

I read Mary O’Grady’s piece, in the WSJ with great interest, yesterday, because I was hoping it would shed more light on why the Obama administration took the side of the wannabe dictator for life, Zelaya, and regional commie tyrants, Castro, Chavez and Ortega over the pro-Democracy, pro-American government of Honduras. The cables didn’t shed new light, really. But they do confirm our worst fears about what happened.

The cables reveal that outgoing Ambassador, Charles Ford informed the Obama State Dept. of the dangerous and anti-Democratic nature of Zelaya:

Although Mr. Zelaya can be “gracious and charming,” wrote Mr. Ford, “there also exists a sinister Zelaya, surrounded by a few close advisors with ties to both Venezuela and Cuba and organized crime.” He eerily observed what Zelaya opponents would repeatedly allege privately in the year to come: “Due to his close association with persons believed to be involved with international organized crime,” the president could not be trusted. “I am unable to brief Zelaya on sensitive law enforcement and counter-narcotics actions due [to] my concern that this would put the lives of U.S. officials in jeopardy.”

The insightful diplomat also recognized Mr. Zelaya’s disdain for other institutions. He “resents the very existence of the Congress, the Attorney General and Supreme Court.” That resentment rose to the surface in June 2009 when the Supreme Court ruled that a referendum on his re-election was unconstitutional. Mr. Zelaya responded by leading a mob to break into a military installation where the ballots for his initiative were being stored.

Hondurans were appalled. The Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant, the military deported him, and Congress voted to remove him from office.

Another cable has Ford explicitly telling the Obama administration that Zelaya is not a friend:

10. (S) I have found Zelaya’s real views of the United States hidden not too very deeply below the surface. In a word, he is not a friend. His views are shaped not by ideology or personal ambitions but by an old-fashioned nationalism where he holds the United States accountable for Honduras, current state of poverty and dependency. Zelaya,s public position against the Contra War and against the establishment of Joint Task Force Bravo at Soto Cano Air.

The leaks also finally disclose the State Dept’s  warped legal analysis of the situation, (written by transnationalist, Harold Koh), which they had refused to release throughout the crisis. The reason being, Koh’s analysis was laughably  flimsy, illogical and bizarre.

So what’s the real reason why Obama chose to side with our enemies,  instead of our friends in the Honduran government? Why did they cut off aid to the impoverished nation, revoke  visas, and threaten not to recognize their upcoming election?

As Selwyn Duke had noted last year in The American Thinker, the US was becoming an “evil empire” under Obama:

It’s not just that he has adopted a policy that was unthinkable for most of America’s history. There is something far more striking, far more telling and far more alarming: in the current Honduran situation, Zelaya is precisely the man the Soviet Union — that evil empire — would have sided with.
Now I want you to let that sink in for a moment . . . .
This reality merely illustrates the obvious in an emotionally gripping way. While Reagan opposed Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega by funding his anti-communist opponents, Obama sides with a reinvented Ortega in supporting Zelaya. In doing so, he also lines up with unrepentant communists, either in name or spirit, such as Chavez and Fidel Castro. Fine company you keep there, Mr. Obama.

O’Grady soft-pedals the answer, here:

Honduras offered a bonding opportunity. Mr. Zelaya was a protégé of Mr. Chávez. Standing up for him as democratically elected was a way to score points with Latin America’s hard left.

I think that was a nice way of saying what we already knew: “birds of a feather, flock together”:

Why would it surprise anyone that a man of the hard left would stand up for Latin America’s hard left?

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Obama Administration Not Through Messing With Honduras

Hugo Llorens with BFF Zelaya

I thought their long, national nightmare was over, but Mary O’Grady, who has been reporting on the Honduran crisis since the very beginning, says the Obama administration continues to meddle in Honduran affairs, and  align itself with the region’s Chavistas.

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.

Um? Could the Obama administration really be so petty as to punish an entire nation because the Republicans had taken up their cause?

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.”

Washington’s bullying is two-pronged. First is a maniacal determination to punish those involved in removing Mr. Zelaya. Second is an attempt to force Honduras to allow Mr. Zelaya, who now lives in the Dominican Republic, to return without facing any repercussions for the illegal actions that provoked his removal. Both goals are damaging the bilateral relationship, polarizing the nation and raising the risk of a resurgence of political violence.

I’ve already excerpted too much – Read the entire report at the WSJ. O’Grady concludes:

It’s hard to imagine what the U.S. thinks it achieves with a policy that divides Hondurans while strengthening the hand of a chavista. Revenge and power come to mind. Whatever it is, it can’t be good for U.S. national security interests.

Everything this administration does is mortifying and ruinous. I agree with what Drew said over at AoSHQ:

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.

On a related note:

US ‘may not veto UN resolution on Jerusalem’

Doug Ross asks:

Can anyone tell me why this administration treats dictators, thugs and tyrants better than our allies?

Via Cold Fury, Michael Barone struggles to answer that question in his latest piece: Friend of the Enemy, where he sums up Obama’s foreign policy, as: attack America’s friends and kowtow to our enemies:

Examples run from Britain to Israel. Early in his administration, Obama returned a bust of Churchill that the British government had loaned the White House after 9/11. Then Obama gave Prime Minister Gordon Brown a set of DVDs that don’t work on British machines and that Brown, who has impaired vision, would have trouble watching anyway.

More recently, Obama summoned Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House, permitted no photographs, laid down nonnegotiable demands, and went off to dinner.

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Perhaps like Barack Obama Sr., he regards the British as evil colonialists. Or perhaps like his preacher for 20 years, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, he regards Israel as an evil oppressor.

But the list of American friends Obama has slighted is long. It includes Poland and the Czech Republic (anti-missile program canceled), Honduras (backing the constitutionally ousted president), Georgia (no support against Russia), and Colombia and South Korea (no action on pending free-trade agreements).

In the meantime, Obama sends yearly greetings to (as he puts it) the Islamic Republic of Iran, exchanges friendly greetings with Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, caves to Russian demands on arms control, and sends a new ambassador to Syria.

What we’re seeing, I think, is a president who shares a view, long held by some on the American left, that the real danger to America often comes from America’s allies.

Cross posted at Potluck Bloggers

Hat tip: Drew

Previously:

Congratulations Honduras

Honduras Folds Part 2

John Kerry: Law Library Didn’t Reach Desired Conclusion-So Strike It From Record

Honduras Folds – (Or Not) Updated

Transnationalist Harold Koh Behind Obama Administration’s Honduras Policy

Video: Jim DeMint Details Honduras Trip On Fox

CRS Report: Honduran “Coup” Was Justified

Report: U.S. To Engage In Joint Military Training Exercises With Venezuela and Nicaragua

Zelaya Claims To Be In Honduras (UPDATE: He’s There)

Video:Democratic Leader Roberto Micheletti tells Greta the truth on the Honduran situation.

Could George Soros Be Behind The Obama Administration’s Disgraceful Treatment Of Honduras?

“Global Healer”, Obama To Cut Off Aid To Poor, Democratic Country

State Dept. Will No Longer Threaten Sanctions On Honduras

Senator Lugar Asks Clinton To Explain Honduras Policy

Video: Glenn Beck On Honduras

Obama Administration Seen As “Villains” By Hondurans

United States Revokes Visas For Four Honduran Officials

Zelaya Steps over Border Into Honduras; Then Promptly Steps Back

Ousted President Zelaya Leads Caravan Back To Honduras

Tens Of Thousands Of Pro-Government Hondurans March In Capital

Honduran “Coup-Mongers” Kick Venezuelan Diplomats Out Of Country (UPDATED)

US Turns Up Pressure On Honduran Interim Government To Restore Zelaya

Zelaya Vows To Return To Honduras; Asks Intl. Community For Help

Honduras Crisis Talks Resume In Costa Rica

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Proposes Reinstating Zelaya

“Final Battle” In Honduras This Weekend?

Report: Sunday’s Violence In Honduras Orchestrated By Chavez

Obama Lies By Omission On Honduras

Clinton To Meet With Zelaya In Washington This Week

Honduran Military Removes Despot From Power

Obama “Stands With Democracy”, Defends Leftist Despot/Thug/Drug Trafficker

Honduran Military Ordered To Turn Back Zelaya’s jet


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Congratulations Honduras

Congratulations are in order for Honduras, who endured months of bullying from Zelaya’s allies, and the Obama administration in the wake of their June 28th removal of the Honduran President from power. Although his ouster was ordered by a unanimous Honduran Supreme Court, and approved by the Honduran Congress, the Obama administration called it a military coup and cut off aid to the country, revoked visas of Honduran officials, and threatened to not recognize the results of the elections, which were held yesterday.

The winner is a conservative rancher named Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo with 56% of the vote, beating Liberal Party candidate Elvin Santos at 38%. It was expected that  voters would  punish the Liberal party of both the deposed president and the interim government that removed him.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

While the small Central American nation is expected to get crucial support from the U.S., it will likely continue to face opposition from regional heavyweights such as Brazil and Argentina. The U.S., in agreeing to accept the winner, is now in a delicate position — with Brazil, for example, which is housing exiled leader Manuel Zelaya in its Honduran embassy and recognizes him as president.

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Only the U.S., Costa Rica and Panama have said they will accept the winner, though other countries, including Mexico and Canada, appear to be leaning that way as well. The government is betting that U.S. recognition will lead other nations to back down from earlier positions. “They may not recognize the elections Sunday itself, but I believe they will at some point in the future,” Mr. Lobo said Saturday.

Earth Times reports:

Most of the Latin American countries and Spain do not want to recognize the elections staged by Honduras’ de facto government following the ouster of Zelaya in a June 28 coup. But some countries, including Costa Rica, Peru and Panama, see the elections as valid. Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana, whose country rejects the elections, said he had discussed them over the telephone Saturday with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had described them as a “step” which needed to be followed by “many more.”

Reuters: United States, Brazil at odds over Honduras crisis:

The State Department called the vote “a necessary and important step forward” after results came in on Sunday but did not say whether Washington would explicitly recognize Lobo’s victory over ruling party candidate Elvin Santos.

I’m trying to figure out what additional steps Honduras needs to take to please the State Department, but I strongly suspect and fear that Obama will be tempted to follow his hero’s lead. Remember his cringe inducing greeting to Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the G20 summit in London, last April?:

Ed Morrissey sees the Obama administration as partly to blame for the effort, led by Brazil, to disregard the elections:

And so we come to the ultimate irony of the entire sordid mess that Obama himself largely created.  Obama refused to accept the legality of Zelaya’s removal because Obama considered it an affront to democracy, even though Zelaya violated the Honduran constitution and the Honduran parliament and Supreme Court followed the law in having him removed from office.  Thanks to that self-defeating and intellectually vapid policy, Obama has undermined actual democracy in Honduras by giving Brazil, Venezuela, and Nicaragua an opening to ignore the results of a regularly scheduled and honest election and to force Honduras to put a lawbreaker back into office against the will of its people.

MORE on the Honduran election at Fausta’s.

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Honduras Folds Part 2

miche291banPhoto of interim President Roberto Micheletti via Fausta

There were reports a couple of weeks ago, that Honduras had caved in to US pressure, but those reports appeared to be premature, being replaced by a rumor that Zelaya would be instead, be charged for his many crimes, and exiled to Spain.

But today, it appears finally, that the Honduran government, and Zelaya have reached an agreement.

Sadly, Honduras caved to US pressure.

The BBC phrases it tactfully: Honduras rivals resolve deadlock

Roberto Micheletti said the agreement would create a power-sharing government and require both sides to recognise the result of November’s presidential poll.

Mr Zelaya said the deal, which requires the approval of the Supreme Court and Congress, would be signed on Friday.

The opponents had earlier been told by US Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon that they had to reach an accord in order to ensure international support for the election on 29 November.

Afterwards, Mr Micheletti announced that a power-sharing deal had been reached that included a “significant concession”.

The interim leader of Honduras says he is ready to sign a pact to end its crisis which could include the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

Honduras had remained steadfast for months that Zelaya’s reinstatement was off the table. What could possibly have caused this abrupt change of heart?

La Gringa, who liveblogged last night’s news, posted

Worst news of all: supposedly Thomas Shannon has been pressuring the congressmen to vote for the restoration of Zelay or else! The exact words were that “Shannon scared the living hell out of everyone here including Micheletti.” Yeah, remember the press conference? “We’re just here to help. We aren’t going to intervene. We’ll respect any decision that the Hondurans make.” Yeah, right. Now they are even threatening elected Honduran officials that they won’t recognize elections unless they vote yes. I’m sure there must be economic threats as well.El Heraldo (in Spanish) makes it clear that US State Dept. envoy for Latin America Thomas Shannon went to Honduras to twist arms: his position was that the November 29 elections would not be recognized unless Zelaya was returned to power. I guess nothing ensures democracy like restoring to power the guy who did his outmost to undermine democracy, at least in Shannon’s eyes.

Thomas Shannon is a name that figured prominently in a report issued today by The Center For Foreign Policy:

Who’s behind the Obama Honduras policy?

The Obama Latin America Team is composed of: Thomas Shannon, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs; Frank Mora, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs and most importantly Dan Restrepo, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at The National Security Council.  Thomas Shannon, who was also Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs in the second Bush term, seems to have a kind of get along -go along approach with regards to Latin America. Indeed, some of Mr. Shannon’s highlights include:

  • In Honduras: remaining silent as Manuel Zelaya attempted to subvert democratic institutions and the Honduran Constitution and as the Congress and Supreme Court worked to remove Zelaya legally from office, the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa and Shannon worked diligently to dissuade the Honduran Congress and protect Zelaya. [3]
  • In Venezuela, Mr. Shannon constantly promoted cooperation between the U.S. and Chávez relating to the drug trade despite evidence-and objections from other U.S. agencies-that the Venezuelan government itself was facilitating narcotics trafficking.  Mr. Shannon also denied support to Venezuela’s civil society and sat by as Chavez dismantled the country’s democratic institutions.  Today, the Mayor of Caracas still cannot get into his office to perform his duties.  In all this, Mr. Shannon’s rationale for shunning Venezuela’s civil society has been that the U.S. and Venezuela have a strategic relationship based primarily on energy. [4]
  • In Nicaragua, Mr. Shannon advocated the continuation of U.S. aid to the Sandinista government despite evidence of overwhelming fraud in the 2008 mayoral race in Managua.  Meanwhile, Mr. Shannon has sought to cut support to Nicaragua’s civil society, in order not to ‘antagonize’ President Ortega. [5]
  • In Bolivia, when President Morales expelled the U.S. Ambassador and DEA from the country, Mr. Shannon was against waiving trade preferences and U.S. aid.  Instead, he advocated that the Bush Administration sign a document by President Morales, which was essentially a ‘mea culpa.’ The U.S.  State Department’s Legal Advisor at the time overruled him and the U.S. didn’t sign the document. [6]
  • In Ecuador, Mr. Shannon has sought to accommodate and improve relations with President Correa despite his dismantling of democratic institutions and evidence that President Correa has connections to the FARC. [7]
  • Another name that has figured prominently in Obama’s twisted Honduran policy:

    Dan Restrepo and The Center for American Progress

    Prior to moving to the National Security Council, Dan Restrepo was the director of the Americas Project at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank, whose President and Chief Executive Officer is John Podesta…

    Read the full report.

    Be sure to note who they believe is the man behind the curtain. Amazingly enough, they reached the same conclusion I did (with a huge assist from Jackstraw) almost two months ago.

    dr-evil-soros

    MORE:

    Be sure to check out Fausta’s blog round-up, where I picked up this tasty nugget from Scott Johnson

    It is perfectly fitting that the signal diplomatic triumph of President Obama’s first year in office is the restoration to power of the lawfully deposed Honduran thug and friend of Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega and Hugh Chavez. It is inimical to the national interest of the United States. it is a setback for the supporters of democracy in the beleaguered country of Honduras. And it is a defeat for those who believe in the rule of law. It is, in other words, a triumph of “smart diplomacy.”

    God help us all.

    John Kerry: Law Library Didn’t Reach Desired Conclusion-So Strike It From Record

    Last month, the Congressional Research Service at the Law Library of Congress reviewed the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya from office,  an act that the Obama administration condemned and called a “coup”, and found that the ouster was constitutionally justified. Since the ouster took place last summer, the Obama administration has sided with Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and the Fidel Castro in demanding that Zelaya be reinstated, and has punished the Honduran interim government by revoking the travel visas of government officials, and cutting off aid to the poor country. It has also threatened to not recognize the results of the upcoming election in November.

    Ed Morrissey reports:

    Now John Kerry wants the Law Library to retract its findings, apparently trying to rewrite history to hide the facts of the case:

    The chairmen of the House and Senate foreign relations committees are asking the Law Library of Congress to retract a report on the military-backed coup in Honduras that they charge is flawed and “has contributed to the political crisis that still wracks” the country.

    The request, by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. and Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., has sparked cries of censorship from Republicans who say the Democrats don’t like what the August report said: that the government of Honduras had the authority to remove President Manuel Zelaya from office.

    Zelaya has been holed up at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa for several weeks, and high-ranking U.S. officials arrived Wednesday to try to broker a resolution.

    Critics of the Obama administration — which condemned Zelaya’s removal in June — have pointed to the report as evidence that the White House was wrong when it sided with most Latin American countries in calling for Zelaya to be returned.

    As Morrissey notes, that report has had nothing to do with the political crisis in Honduras. What a ridiculous and specious argument.

    The only political “crisis” that the report stoked was the one in the US, when people wondered why we were suddenly taking  the same side as Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and the Castro brothers against one of the more stalwart US allies in the region.

    And if the United States had taken the correct position from the onset, and joined the free people of Honduras in their resistance to tyranny, the crisis in Honduras would have abated long before now.

    Striking the CRS’s findings from the record won’t change that inconvenient truth, but it might spare the Obama administration some embarrassment.

    Previously:

    Honduras Folds – (Or Not) Updated

    Transnationalist Harold Koh Behind Obama Administration’s Honduras Policy

    Video: Jim DeMint Details Honduras Trip On Fox

    CRS Report: Honduran “Coup” Was Justified

    Report: U.S. To Engage In Joint Military Training Exercises With Venezuela and Nicaragua

    Zelaya Claims To Be In Honduras (UPDATE: He’s There)

    Video:Democratic Leader Roberto Micheletti tells Greta the truth on the Honduran situation.

    Could George Soros Be Behind The Obama Administration’s Disgraceful Treatment Of Honduras?

    “Global Healer”, Obama To Cut Off Aid To Poor, Democratic Country

    State Dept. Will No Longer Threaten Sanctions On Honduras

    Senator Lugar Asks Clinton To Explain Honduras Policy

    Video: Glenn Beck On Honduras

    Obama Administration Seen As “Villains” By Hondurans

    United States Revokes Visas For Four Honduran Officials

    Zelaya Steps over Border Into Honduras; Then Promptly Steps Back

    Ousted President Zelaya Leads Caravan Back To Honduras

    Tens Of Thousands Of Pro-Government Hondurans March In Capital

    Honduran “Coup-Mongers” Kick Venezuelan Diplomats Out Of Country (UPDATED)

    US Turns Up Pressure On Honduran Interim Government To Restore Zelaya

    Zelaya Vows To Return To Honduras; Asks Intl. Community For Help

    Honduras Crisis Talks Resume In Costa Rica

    Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Proposes Reinstating Zelaya

    “Final Battle” In Honduras This Weekend?

    Report: Sunday’s Violence In Honduras Orchestrated By Chavez

    Obama Lies By Omission On Honduras

    Clinton To Meet With Zelaya In Washington This Week

    Honduran Military Removes Despot From Power

    Obama “Stands With Democracy”, Defends Leftist Despot/Thug/Drug Trafficker

    Honduran Military Ordered To Turn Back Zelaya’s jet

    Honduras Folds – (Or Not) Updated

    Sadly, the pressure from Washington must have gotten to them.

    A report out of Tegucigalpa, this morning:

    Honduran negotiators have reached agreement on ending a political crisis triggered by President Manuel Zelaya’s ouster in a June coup.

    ”We have agreed in a document on point No. 6, which relates to the restitution of the powers of state to where they were before June 28, 2009,” Mr Zelaya’s representative said.

    This of course implies that Chavez acolyte, Zelaya would be returned to power for a short period until the a new administration is installed next January after the Nov. 29 election. How much mischief he could engage in before the election is anyone’s guess.

    Neither Zelaya or interim President Roberto Micheletti are on the ballot.

    UPDATE:

    It appears that the initial report of Zelaya’s reinstatement was inaccurate:

    The latest from Gateway Pundit:

    Report: Zelaya Will Be Exiled to Spain?– Charged With Crimes If He Returns to Honduras

    The latest speculation comes from my sources inside the Micheletti government.
    President Micheletti will step down and may be moved to a position connected to the Honduran Supreme Court.

    Former President Manuel Zelaya will be exiled to Spain. If he comes back to Honduras he will be charged for his many crimes discovered by the current government after Zelaya was ousted for circumventing the Honduran Constitution.

    Related Reading:

    Is Obama Turning Us into the Next Evil Empire?

    (I’ve been wondering the same thing)…

    It’s not just that he has adopted a policy that was unthinkable for most of America’s history. There is something far more striking, far more telling and far more alarming: in the current Honduran situation, Zelaya is precisely the man the Soviet Union — that evil empire — would have sided with.
    Now I want you to let that sink in for a moment . . . .
    This reality merely illustrates the obvious in an emotionally gripping way. While Reagan opposed Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega by funding his anti-communist opponents, Obama sides with a reinvented Ortega in supporting Zelaya. In doing so, he also lines up with unrepentant communists, either in name or spirit, such as Chavez and Fidel Castro. Fine company you keep there, Mr. Obama.

    Previously:

    Transnationalist Harold Koh Behind Obama Administration’s Honduras Policy

    Video: Jim DeMint Details Honduras Trip On Fox

    CRS Report: Honduran “Coup” Was Justified

    Report: U.S. To Engage In Joint Military Training Exercises With Venezuela and Nicaragua

    Zelaya Claims To Be In Honduras (UPDATE: He’s There)

    Video:Democratic Leader Roberto Micheletti tells Greta the truth on the Honduran situation.

    Could George Soros Be Behind The Obama Administration’s Disgraceful Treatment Of Honduras?

    “Global Healer”, Obama To Cut Off Aid To Poor, Democratic Country

    State Dept. Will No Longer Threaten Sanctions On Honduras

    Senator Lugar Asks Clinton To Explain Honduras Policy

    Video: Glenn Beck On Honduras

    Obama Administration Seen As “Villains” By Hondurans

    United States Revokes Visas For Four Honduran Officials

    Zelaya Steps over Border Into Honduras; Then Promptly Steps Back

    Ousted President Zelaya Leads Caravan Back To Honduras

    Tens Of Thousands Of Pro-Government Hondurans March In Capital

    Honduran “Coup-Mongers” Kick Venezuelan Diplomats Out Of Country (UPDATED)

    US Turns Up Pressure On Honduran Interim Government To Restore Zelaya

    Zelaya Vows To Return To Honduras; Asks Intl. Community For Help

    Honduras Crisis Talks Resume In Costa Rica

    Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Proposes Reinstating Zelaya

    “Final Battle” In Honduras This Weekend?

    Report: Sunday’s Violence In Honduras Orchestrated By Chavez

    Obama Lies By Omission On Honduras

    Clinton To Meet With Zelaya In Washington This Week

    Honduran Military Removes Despot From Power

    Obama “Stands With Democracy”, Defends Leftist Despot/Thug/Drug Trafficker

    Honduran Military Ordered To Turn Back Zelaya’s jet

    Transnationalist Harold Koh Behind Obama Administration’s Honduras Policy

    So it comes down to this. The adviser to the State Department, Harold Koh, (whose appointment conservatives so feared and opposed), appears to be the man behind the Obama administration’s bizarre policy against Honduras.

    Senator Jim DeMint writes about his recent trip to Honduras in an oped in The WSJ, today:

    In a day packed with meetings, we met only one person in Honduras who opposed Mr. Zelaya’s ouster, who wishes his return, and who mystifyingly rejects the legitimacy of the November elections: U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens.

    When I asked Ambassador Llorens why the U.S. government insists on labeling what appears to the entire country to be the constitutional removal of Mr. Zelaya a “coup,” he urged me to read the legal opinion drafted by the State Department’s top lawyer, Harold Koh. As it happens, I have asked to see Mr. Koh’s report before and since my trip, but all requests to publicly disclose it have been denied.

    On the other hand, the only thorough examination of the facts to date—conducted by a senior analyst at the Law Library of Congress—confirms the legality and constitutionality of Mr. Zelaya’s ouster. (It’s on the Internet here .)

    In truth, it was immediately apparent to even the casual observer, that Honduras had acted legally and constitutionally in removing Chavez acolyte, Zelaya from office, but as Andrew McCarthy points out, the constitution of  Honduras doesn’t matter to a “transnationalist” like Harold Koh:

    As Ed Whelan and I pointed out when Koh was up for confirmation, the former Yale Law School dean is the nation’s leading transnationalist. He has zero respect for national constitutions (including ours), preferring a post-sovereign order in which international law profs, transnational organizations, and free-lancing judges will be our overlords. What is happening with Honduras is exactly what anyone who familiarized himself with Koh’s record would have predicted. Yet, he was confirmed by a 62-35 margin, with support from the usual GOP suspects:  Lugar, Voinovich, Snowe, Collins, and Martinez.

    Will these Republicans who helped foist Koh on us now join others demanding that President Transparency release Koh’s legal opinion on Honduras?

    “international law profs, transnational organizations, and free-lancing judges will be our overlords”…..

    One particular overlord, and his private transnational organization, OSI, I have posited, has interests in the region.

    Hat tip: Hot Air

    UPDATE:

    Johnathon Adler of the Volokh Conspiracy, says:

    Release the Koh Memorandum on Honduras

    The Honduran government has made numerous missteps, from forcibly removing Zelaya from the country to restricting press freedoms, but I have yet to see a legal analysis to plausibly explain how Zelaya’s removal from office (as opposed to his forced exile) was illegal or unconstitutional, and I have seen no analysis, legal or otherwise, that explains why the already scheduled November elections should not proceed as planned.   Yet Harold Koh is quite smart — and I readily admit he knows far more about this subject than I ever will.  So if he has an analysis that would support the Administration’s otherwise-implausible position, let’s see it.  If not, then the U.S. government should let Honduras determine the course of their own affairs.

    Video: Jim DeMint Details Honduras Trip On Fox

    In case you missed it last night, Senator Jim DeMint appeared on the Greta Van Susteren Show to talk about his recent trip to Honduras:

    Transcript, here.

    His trip followed some dramatic political wrangling which involved Senator Kerry trying to block it:

    “No U.S. Senator has yet been to Honduras to assess facts of crisis. [Kerry] & Obama admin using bullying tactics to hide truth,” DeMint, who also sits on the Foreign Relations panel, said on Twitter after he heard the trip would not occur.

    “@JohnKerry (Foreign Rel. chair) trying to hide truth to protect Zelaya, blocking our fact-finding trip to Honduras at last minute,” DeMint also tweeted late Thursday afternoon.

    DeMint’s office followed with a statement. “These bullying tactics by the Obama administration and Senator Kerry must stop, and we must be allowed to get to the truth in Honduras. Not a single U.S. Senator has traveled to Honduras to learn the facts on the ground.

    “While this administration has failed to act decisively in Afghanistan, it is has no problem cracking down on a democratic ally and one of the poorest nations in Latin America,” DeMint added. “Now, President Obama and Democrats’ blind support for this would-be dictator and friend of Hugo Chavez will prevent members of Congress from learning the truth first hand.”

    Kerry spokesman Frederick Jones responded Thursday evening that “Senator DeMint’s statement wins an A for ‘audacity.’”

    Rachel Maddow, over at PMSNBC, laughably, accused DeMint of treason for going to Honduras on a fact finding mission.

    You can see pictures from Senator DeMint’s trip on his website.

    PREVIOUSLY:

    CRS Report: Honduran “Coup” Was Justified

    Report: U.S. To Engage In Joint Military Training Exercises With Venezuela and Nicaragua

    Zelaya Claims To Be In Honduras (UPDATE: He’s There)

    Video:Democratic Leader Roberto Micheletti tells Greta the truth on the Honduran situation.

    Could George Soros Be Behind The Obama Administration’s Disgraceful Treatment Of Honduras?

    “Global Healer”, Obama To Cut Off Aid To Poor, Democratic Country

    State Dept. Will No Longer Threaten Sanctions On Honduras

    Senator Lugar Asks Clinton To Explain Honduras Policy

    Video: Glenn Beck On Honduras

    Obama Administration Seen As “Villains” By Hondurans

    United States Revokes Visas For Four Honduran Officials

    Zelaya Steps over Border Into Honduras; Then Promptly Steps Back

    Ousted President Zelaya Leads Caravan Back To Honduras

    Tens Of Thousands Of Pro-Government Hondurans March In Capital

    Honduran “Coup-Mongers” Kick Venezuelan Diplomats Out Of Country (UPDATED)

    US Turns Up Pressure On Honduran Interim Government To Restore Zelaya

    Zelaya Vows To Return To Honduras; Asks Intl. Community For Help

    Honduras Crisis Talks Resume In Costa Rica

    Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Proposes Reinstating Zelaya

    “Final Battle” In Honduras This Weekend?

    Report: Sunday’s Violence In Honduras Orchestrated By Chavez

    Obama Lies By Omission On Honduras

    Clinton To Meet With Zelaya In Washington This Week

    Honduran Military Removes Despot From Power

    Obama “Stands With Democracy”, Defends Leftist Despot/Thug/Drug Trafficker

    Honduran Military Ordered To Turn Back Zelaya’s jet

    CRS Report: Honduran “Coup” Was Justified

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    No damn kidding?

    David Freddoso  from The Washington Examiner offers highlights from the Congressional Research Service (click here for the pdf), which  bears out what conservative news outlets and blogs have been saying for many months:

    The situation in Honduras should not be a cause for concern in Washington.

    The legal arguments made in the report, which was prepared by Senior Foreign Law Specialist Norma Gutierrez, are quite intricate and based in Honduran law. But the bottom line is this:

    • The Honduran Congress appears to have acted properly in deposing President Manuel Zelaya. Unlike in the United States, the Honduran Congress has the last word when it comes to interpreting the Constitution. Although there is no provision in Honduras’s Constitution for impeachment as such, the body does have powers to disapprove of the president’s official acts, and to replace him in the event that he is incapable of performing his duties. Most importantly, the Congress also has the authority to interpret exactly what that means.
    • The Supreme Court was legally entitled to ask the military to arrest Zelaya. The high court, which is the constitutional venue for trials of the president and other high-ranking officials, also recognized the Congress’s ouster of Zelaya when it referred his case back down to a lower court afterward, on the grounds that he was “no longer a high-ranking government official.”
    • The military did not act properly in forcibly expatriating Zelaya. According to the CRS report and other news stories, Honduran authorities are investigating their decision, which the military justified at the time as a means of preventing bloodshed. In fact, Zelaya should have been given a trial, and if convicted of seeking reelection, he would have lost his citizenship. But he is still a citizen now, and the Constitution forbids the expatriation of Honduran citizens by their government.
    • The proper line of succession was followed after Zelaya’s ouster. Because there was no Vice President in office when Zelaya was removed (he had resigned to run for president), Micheletti was the proper successor, as he had been president of the Congress.

    “The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service concluded the removal of former President Zelaya was Constitutional, and we must respect that,” Rep. Aaron Schock said today. “It’s unconscionable the administration would attempt to force Honduras to violate its own Constitution by cutting of foreign aid.”

    Not to mention the revocation of hundreds of  Honduran public officials’ visas, including interim President Roberto Micheletti’s, who wasn’t able to attend the U.N. General Assembly, in New York this past week because of it.  And perhaps  most disgraceful of all, is the State Department’s threat to de-legitimize that nation’s upcoming November elections.

    Senior officials from the State Department explained the termination of assistance, the revocation of visas, and their position that the Obama administration “would not be able to support the outcome of scheduled elections”  during a teleconference call with newspaper reporters on September 3rd. The justification for their actions were cited as thus:

    President Obama has made very clear, the Secretary has made very clear, the international community has been very clear this is about the restoration and the defense of – the collective defense of democracy in the Western Hemisphere. And the San Jose Accord – the second point here is the San Jose Accord, one of the key attributes of that – of the process that President Arias laid out is that it addresses not only the events of June 28th, but also those conditions that contributed to the events of June 28th, and allows a restoration of democratic and constitutional order in a way that addresses the concerns of all involved.
    So this really is about our efforts to join with the other countries in the Western Hemisphere in defense of the principles laid out in the Inter-American Democratic Charter. And it has never been about any particular individual, but rather, the duly elected president of a country, and the restoration of democratic order, part of which is his return for the balance of his constitutional term, which ends on January 27, 2010.

    The “international community” in that region includes the likes of Venezuela’s Chavez, Cuba’s Castro, Nicaragua’s  Ortega, and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa. Not exactly a reputable crowd to be in agreement with.

    As yet another report concludes that Honduras acted constitutionally, will the State Department please stop repeating the demonstrably false assertion that it is interested in the “restoration of democratic and constitutional order”? Because that’s not what this is about, at all.

    Hat tip: American Thinker

    Previously:

    Report: U.S. To Engage In Joint Military Training Exercises With Venezuela and Nicaragua

    Zelaya Claims To Be In Honduras (UPDATE: He’s There)

    Video:Democratic Leader Roberto Micheletti tells Greta the truth on the Honduran situation.

    Could George Soros Be Behind The Obama Administration’s Disgraceful Treatment Of Honduras?

    “Global Healer”, Obama To Cut Off Aid To Poor, Democratic Country

    State Dept. Will No Longer Threaten Sanctions On Honduras

    Senator Lugar Asks Clinton To Explain Honduras Policy

    Video: Glenn Beck On Honduras

    Obama Administration Seen As “Villains” By Hondurans

    United States Revokes Visas For Four Honduran Officials

    Zelaya Steps over Border Into Honduras; Then Promptly Steps Back

    Ousted President Zelaya Leads Caravan Back To Honduras

    Tens Of Thousands Of Pro-Government Hondurans March In Capital

    Honduran “Coup-Mongers” Kick Venezuelan Diplomats Out Of Country (UPDATED)

    US Turns Up Pressure On Honduran Interim Government To Restore Zelaya

    Zelaya Vows To Return To Honduras; Asks Intl. Community For Help

    Honduras Crisis Talks Resume In Costa Rica

    Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Proposes Reinstating Zelaya

    “Final Battle” In Honduras This Weekend?

    Report: Sunday’s Violence In Honduras Orchestrated By Chavez

    Obama Lies By Omission On Honduras

    Clinton To Meet With Zelaya In Washington This Week

    Honduran Military Removes Despot From Power

    Obama “Stands With Democracy”, Defends Leftist Despot/Thug/Drug Trafficker

    Honduran Military Ordered To Turn Back Zelaya’s jet

    Report: U.S. To Engage In Joint Military Training Exercises With Venezuela and Nicaragua

    Honduran blogger, Gerardo Paredes tipped me to this story in a Nicaraguan newspaper, La Prensa, today:

    Translated:

    The Parliament today authorized the entrance of troops, ships and airships of the Armed Forces of the United States and Venezuela, to participate in an interchange of experience in this country with humanitarian aims, informed legislative sources today. The entrance of the American and Venezuelan military was proposed by the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, with character urgent, and approved today in the plenary session by 63 of the 92 deputies before the National Assembly, needed the president the Legislative one, the sandinista René Núñez.

    The Congress authorized the entrance of the 10 military of the special forces of the United States to participate in a joint training with the commando of special operations of the Army of Nicaragua of the 1 of October to the 31 of next December, indicated by its side the first secretary of the Assembly, the liberal Navarrese Wilfredo opponent. Also it ratified the entrance of ship USWEST of the Navy of the United States to participate in an interchange of training with personnel of the Naval Force of the Army, from the 5 to the 30 of next November, indicated. Also, it authorized the entrance of the five military of the naval school of the United States to participate in a training interchange. The Parliament also authorized the entrance, of rotating form, of the 30 military, ships and airships of the Air Force of the Army of Venezuela to participate in an exercise of training interchange in operations of humanitarian aid with personnel of the Army of Nicaragua of the 1 of November from 2009 to the 10 of April of 2010.

    Is it standard procedure for the U.S. military to conduct military operations in countries that are hostile to the United States? Is this an ominous sign for Honduras, and Columbia?

    Someone with military knowledge please clue me in.

    Chavez recently boasted of the Russian missiles it has procured from Russia:

    Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has announced that the country will soon take delivery of Russian missiles with a range of 300km (185 miles).

    Returning from a 10-day tour of Africa, Asia and Europe, including Russia, Mr Chavez is also planning to buy Russian T-72 and T-90 tanks.

    “Soon some little rockets are going to be arriving… and they don’t fail,” he announced at the presidential palace.

    ***

    Venezuela is involved in a long-running diplomatic stand-off with neighbouring Colombia, over the latter’s plans to allow US troops greater access to its military bases.

    A year ago,  September 2008, Moscow sent ships to the Caribbean to engage in joint exercises with the Venezuelan Navy, which was seen as “one of Russia’s most provocative exercises in the Western Hemisphere since the Soviet Union supported Marxist guerrillas in Nicaragua and El Salvador”.

    In his weekly television address, President Chavez of Venezuela said: “Russia’s naval fleet is welcome here. If it’s possible, we’ll stage an exercise in our Caribbean waters.” Anticipating criticism from Washington, he taunted his northern neighbor, saying, “Go ahead and squeal, Yankees.”

    Despite Mr. Chavez’s tough rhetoric, the Venezuelan leader has suffered some setbacks in the last year, among them the weakening of the FARC, the Colombian Marxist rebel group that Mr. Chavez has supported.

    Nonetheless, the Venezuelan government, flush with cash from its petroleum exports, has indicated that it is seeking to purchase Russian submarines.

    The announcement of the military exercises comes as the Bush administration is navigating its response to Russia’s invasion of Georgia, a former Soviet republic that hosts a small American military base.

    Over the weekend, Vice President Cheney had particularly harsh words for Russia, calling the recent invasion an “affront to the standards of the civilized world.”

    Now we’re conducting military exercises with Chavez and Ortega? Like Obama said in his UN speech, we’re forming new coalitions…

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    UPDATE:

    A friend who is former Air Force  emails:

    my own prelim assessment is, yes, the US does participate in some exercises with just about all the countries of the S. Hemisphere. in fact we just finished PANAMAX 2009 – which is our annual protect-the-canal ex with about 21 countries. very interestingly, this year’s total was officially 20. guess who was uninvited?  and here is a curious slam on Honduras from the extremely Leftist COHA group:

    the more ominous aspect is that the Nicaraguan press release (i assume its from Nic?) mentions two separate things:  first there will be 10 SF ops allowed in (thats an A-team!) for “training” ahead of an unknown US navy ship later (there is no “USWEST” ship) during the joint Venezuelan “humanitarian” training ex.  THAT is what is very bad mojo.
    MORE:
    My source says responses to his request for opinions in the military community are mostly of the “nothing to see here move along”  variety.

    However  his own opinion is that this might be a sort of “gunboat diplomacy against Honduras”.

    I don’t know. Having no background with the military, myself, it seemed strange that we would be conducting military exercises with anti-American countries.

    Zelaya Claims To Be In Honduras (UPDATE: He’s There)

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    By Orlando Sierra, AFP/Getty Images

    Supporters of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya celebrate his return to the county in front of the United Nations offices on Monday.

    Strange…those red flags don’t look like Honduran flags, do they?

    The latest hi-jinks from Chavez and Zelaya:

    “He traveled for two days, through rivers and mountains and risking his life,” Mr. Chavez said.

    Initial news reports placed Mr. Zelaya and his wife in a U.N. building in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, although Mr. Zelaya later confirmed reports he was at the Brazilian embassy.

    “I’m here in the Honduran capital,” Mr. Zelaya told Telesur. “I’m here to initiate dialogue,” he added. Television images showed hundreds of Zelaya supporters gathering in front of a U.N. building in Tegucigalpa to celebrate his return, while riot police tried to control the crowd.

    Roberto Micheletti, acting Honduran president, meanwhile, denied that Mr. Zelaya had returned to the capital.

    If he’s actually there, and Honduran authorities find him, he may wind up “initiating dialogue” from jail.

    Hat tip: Drew from AoSHQ

    UPDATE:

    Oh, he’s there all right…taking refuge at the Brazilian Embassy:

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    (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Reuters:

    Ousted President Manuel Zelaya returned to Honduras on Monday almost three months after he was toppled in a coup, and took refuge in the Brazilian embassy in the capital to avoid arrest.

    Reuters photographer Edgar Garrido saw Zelaya with aides and his wife in the embassy, and the leftist president gave media interviews from inside the building.

    Well, I hope he’s comfortable. He may be hanging out there for awhile.

    Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

    MORE:

    Congressman Mike Pence condemned the Obama administration’s Honduras policy in this statement issued, today:

    Since the dawn of the American experiment, the American cause has been freedom and in that cause America has never been silent.

    In light of our proud national tradition of supporting the spread of freedom, rule of law and democratic institutions around the world, I am disappointed that the President and his Secretary of State have devoted so much effort to undermining democracy in Honduras.  The President should be supporting the legitimate authorities in Honduras as they work to preserve self-determination in their country rather than aligning himself with virulently anti-American foreign leaders like Hugo Chavez, the Castro brothers and Daniel Ortega.

    Not only has the U.S. State Department announced that it will not recognize the upcoming elections in Honduras over the objections of the four leading presidential candidates, but it revoked the visas of Honduran government officials who were invited by Members of Congress to come and brief them on the ongoing situation in Honduras.

    These policies do not measure up to the best traditions of our democracy and send precisely the wrong message to those who are fighting for freedom in Honduras and around the world.

    I urge the Secretary of State to reverse this harmful course of action, drop the insistence on restoring Zelaya to power despite his unconstitutional efforts to seek a second term, restore the visas of Honduran government officials, and support those officials working for free and fair elections in Honduras.

    Previously:

    Video:Democratic Leader Roberto Micheletti tells Greta the truth on the Honduran situation.

    Could George Soros Be Behind The Obama Administration’s Disgraceful Treatment Of Honduras?

    “Global Healer”, Obama To Cut Off Aid To Poor, Democratic Country

    State Dept. Will No Longer Threaten Sanctions On Honduras

    Senator Lugar Asks Clinton To Explain Honduras Policy

    Video: Glenn Beck On Honduras

    Obama Administration Seen As “Villains” By Hondurans

    United States Revokes Visas For Four Honduran Officials

    Zelaya Steps over Border Into Honduras; Then Promptly Steps Back

    Ousted President Zelaya Leads Caravan Back To Honduras

    Tens Of Thousands Of Pro-Government Hondurans March In Capital

    Honduran “Coup-Mongers” Kick Venezuelan Diplomats Out Of Country (UPDATED)

    US Turns Up Pressure On Honduran Interim Government To Restore Zelaya

    Zelaya Vows To Return To Honduras; Asks Intl. Community For Help

    Honduras Crisis Talks Resume In Costa Rica

    Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Proposes Reinstating Zelaya

    “Final Battle” In Honduras This Weekend?

    Report: Sunday’s Violence In Honduras Orchestrated By Chavez

    Obama Lies By Omission On Honduras

    Clinton To Meet With Zelaya In Washington This Week

    Honduran Military Removes Despot From Power

    Obama “Stands With Democracy”, Defends Leftist Despot/Thug/Drug Trafficker

    Honduran Military Ordered To Turn Back Zelaya’s jet

    World’s Thugs To Convene In New York For Opening Of UN General Assembly

    colorful cast of characters

    *Pictured (L-R): Iran’s Ahmadenijad, Venezuela’s Chavez, President Obama, Libya’s Gadaffi and Zimbabwe’s Mugabe.

    Baldilocks calls them a “colorful cast of characters” as she frets about Obama presiding over the meeting of the Security Council on the 24th, the first time in the history that a US President has done so.

    I shudder to think what might be on his agenda for that meeting.

    As the U.S. rolls out the welcome mat for this motley crew, one  Latin American leader is compelled to stay home because the Obama State Dept. took away his visa:

    The United States has attacked Honduran autonomy with bullying tactics. Washington recently stood by as Honduras was hectored out of the United Nations Human Rights Council by Cuba and Nicaragua, and current Honduran President Roberto Micheletti said he would not attempt to travel to New York to attend the upcoming meeting of the U.N. General Assembly because his U.S. visa was revoked. All the while, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – who heads a government that is among the world’s most odious human rights abusers – is being welcomed to the city to spread his message of hope and change.

    Absolutely shameful.

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    In case you missed this, last night:

    Part two: Read the rest of this entry »

    Could George Soros Be Behind The Obama Administration’s Disgraceful Treatment Of Honduras?

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    A lot of people are wondering why the Obama administration is punishing a small country like Honduras for following  its constitution.  The United States has condemned Honduras, rescinded aid to the country and cut off a number of visas sought by Hondurans desiring to visit the United States. The question is – why?  The American Policy Institute expressed the frustration well, here:

    Following the removal of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya from office, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quick to condemn the move, saying it could create a “terrible precedent.”

    What terrible precedent did she think might be established?  A Latin American country actually following its constitution?

    Despite what you may have heard from Secretary Clinton or read in the press, there was no coup d’etat in Honduras.  Manuel Zelaya, a Hugo Chavez wannabe, was legally removed from office for violating his country’s constitution to extend his power.

    Read the entire article if you’re unfamiliar with the story, or need a reminder. And keep in mind, the ouster of renegade Chavez acolyte, Zelaya, took place shortly after the fraudulent reelection of Ahmadinejad in Iran inspired a popular uprising in which untold numbers of protesters were beaten, killed and imprisoned. Obama chose not to “meddle” by making any statements in support of the protesters. Yet the Obama administration didn’t hesitate to “meddle” in the affairs of pro-American, and pro-Democratic Honduras, in essence, taking the side of the region’s bad guys, most notably, Chavez, Ortega, and Castro.

    Last Friday,  Obama’s State Dept announced that if  Zelaya, isn’t returned to power in Honduras, the United States won’t recognize the results of that country’s upcoming  free elections.

    Again, why?

    Honduras’ Foreign Minister Enrique Ortez has charged that as President, Zelaya was involved with drug trafficking from Venezuela into the U.S.:

    “Every night, three or four Venezuelan-registered planes land without the permission of appropriate authorities and bring thousands of pounds…and packages of money that are the fruit of drug trafficking,” he said. “We have proof of all of this. Neighboring governments have it. The DEA [U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration] has it,” he added.

    Enter George Soros, a man some consider to be the “biggest political fat cat of all time”, and who also happens to be the world’s richest and most influential supporter of drug legalization:

    At a U.N. meeting on October 13, 2008, Zelaya had openly called for the legalization of drugs — supposedly to reduce violence — just weeks after the George Soros-funded Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy had met to discuss how to pursue such a course of action. The group subsequently released a report calling for a “paradigm shift” on how to handle the illegal drug problem. Billionaire Soros, a long-time funder of campaigns to legalize dangerous drugs, has purchased the services of several former Latin American government officials to push this cause.

    Zelaya’s comments were immediately denounced by U.N. Office of Drug Control regional representative José Manuel Martinez Morales, who said such an approach was to “stick our heads under the sand like ostriches and accept the drug trade which is annihilating our youth.”

    Last November Zelaya appeared with Soros at a U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean conference in the Dominican Republic.

    What is behind Soros’ s obsession with drug legalization? This revealing Accuracy In Media report from 2004 offers some clues:

    The Hidden Soros Agenda: Drugs, Money, the Media, and Political Power

    Despite his vision of an “open society,” he operates an unregulated “hedge fund,” open only to the super-rich, and is currently fighting a proposal from the Bush-appointed chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission to regulate and monitor these offshore entities.  House Speaker Dennis Hastert said on national television that no one really knows where the Soros money comes from.

    Soros reportedly purchased a major stake in one of Colombia’s biggest banks, at a time when the Drug Enforcement Administration, in its study, “Colombian Economic Reform: The Impact on Drug Money Laundering within the Colombian Economy,”  was documenting how major drug kingpins were taking advantage of the liberalization of the economy to put illicit drug revenue into legitimate businesses. The report stated: “U.S. and Colombian Government authorities have evidence of drug proceeds being deposited in every major bank in Colombia… A Colombian source indicated that many banks and businesses are owned covertly by principal members of the Cali cartel.”

    Soros has categorically denied receiving money from drug cartels or any form of criminal activity. The fact remains, however, that at least some of his financial operations have been based offshore, in banking and financial centers that are widely reported to be considered conducive to money-laundering.  The Soros fund is based in the Netherlands Antilles, a self-governing federation of five Caribbean islands. A CIA factbook describes the region as “a transshipment point for South American drugs bound for the US and Europe; money-laundering center.”

    ***

    Soros’ long-time goal has been to subvert the national anti-drug policy of the U.S. Government, to move away from the use of national and global law enforcement resources against the drug trade.

    Soros had his eye on Obama back when he was running for the Senate:

    Soros has also contributed to Barack Obama, running for the Senate as a Democrat from Illinois. CNSNews.com reports that, “Not only did Soros donate to Obama’s campaign, but four other family members – Jennifer, sons Jonathan and Robert and wife Susan – did as well. Because of a special provision campaign finance laws, the Soroses were able to give a collective $60,000 to Obama during his primary challenge.”

    Honduras’s interim President Micheletti has denounced both Chavez’s attempt to turn his country into a satellite of Venezuela and has angrily and publicly noted the drugs flowing through his country from Venezuela with Zelaya’s help. The Honduran government has said that Zelaya’s reinstatement in non-negotiable. They will not have him back under any circumstances. By not bending to the will of the leftists in the region, and the Obama State Dept, Honduras has thrown a huge monkey wrench into the plan to continue funneling drugs from Venezuela through Honduras into the US, and that doesn’t further George Soros’s goal of drug legalization.

    Hat tip: Jackstraw

    Hang Tough Honduras

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    A sign from a pro-Honduran Government demonstration

    Mary O’Grady, in The Wall Street Journal today, wrote about the deplorable tactics being used by the Obama State Dept to pressure the Honduran government to reinstate Zelaya.

    Last week the administration took off the gloves and sent a message that it would use everything it has to break the neck of the Honduran democracy. Its bullying might work. But it will never be able to brag about what it has done.

    The most recent example of the Obama-style Good Neighbor Policy was the announcement last week that visa services for Hondurans are suspended indefinitely, and that some $135 million in bilateral aid might be cut. But these are only the public examples of its hardball tactics. Much nastier stuff is going on behind the scenes, practiced by a presidency that once promised the American people greater transparency and a less interventionist foreign policy.

    To recap, the Honduran military in June executed a Supreme Court arrest warrant against Mr. Zelaya for trying to hold a referendum on whether he should be able to run for a second term. Article 239 of the Honduran constitution states that any president who tries for a second term automatically loses the privilege of his office. By insisting that Mr. Zelaya be returned to power, the U.S. is trying to force Honduras to violate its own constitution.

    It is also asking Hondurans to risk the fate of Venezuela. They know how Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez went from being democratically elected the first time, in 1998, to making himself dictator for life. He did it by destroying his country’s institutional checks and balances. When Mr. Zelaya moved to do the same in Honduras, the nation cut him off at the pass.

    Former President GW Bush was not popular (to say the least) with the Commie Cool Club of South America. Obama, on the other hand, is eager to be seen as friendly with the likes of Chavez of Venezuela, Castro of Cuba, and Ortega of Nicaragua, and has sided with Zelaya, the enemy of his county’s constitution.

    Mr. Obama’s methods are decidedly uncool. Prominent Hondurans, including leading members of the business community, complain that a State Department official has been pressuring them to push the interim government to accept the return of Mr. Zelaya to power.

    When I asked the State Department whether it was employing such dirty tricks a spokeswoman would only say the U.S. has been “encouraging all members of civil society to support the San Jose ‘accord’”—which calls for Mr. Zelaya to be restored to power. Perhaps something was lost in the translation but threats to use U.S. power against a small, poor nation hardly qualify as encouragement.

    Elsewhere in the region there are reports that U.S. officials have been calling Latin governments to demand that they support the U.S. position. When I asked State whether that was true, a spokeswoman would not answer the question. She would only say that the U.S. is “cooperating with the [Organization of American States] and [Costa Rican President] Oscar Arias to support the San José accord.”

    The San Jose accord is bulls**t. Honduras had said from the beginning that Zelaya’s return to power was off the table.

    How dare outsiders try to force a country to violate its own constitution.

    Freedom lies in being bold.

    Hang tough, Honduras.

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    Previously:

    “Global Healer”, Obama To Cut Off Aid To Poor, Democratic Country

    State Dept. Will No Longer Threaten Sanctions On Honduras

    Senator Lugar Asks Clinton To Explain Honduras Policy

    Video: Glenn Beck On Honduras

    Obama Administration Seen As “Villains” By Hondurans

    United States Revokes Visas For Four Honduran Officials

    Zelaya Steps over Border Into Honduras; Then Promptly Steps Back

    Ousted President Zelaya Leads Caravan Back To Honduras

    Tens Of Thousands Of Pro-Government Hondurans March In Capital

    Honduran “Coup-Mongers” Kick Venezuelan Diplomats Out Of Country (UPDATED)

    US Turns Up Pressure On Honduran Interim Government To Restore Zelaya

    Zelaya Vows To Return To Honduras; Asks Intl. Community For Help

    Honduras Crisis Talks Resume In Costa Rica

    Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Proposes Reinstating Zelaya

    “Final Battle” In Honduras This Weekend?

    Report: Sunday’s Violence In Honduras Orchestrated By Chavez

    Obama Lies By Omission On Honduras

    Clinton To Meet With Zelaya In Washington This Week

    Honduran Military Removes Despot From Power

    Obama “Stands With Democracy”, Defends Leftist Despot/Thug/Drug Trafficker

    Honduran Military Ordered To Turn Back Zelaya’s jet

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