The same despot the Obama Administration tried to protect, last week, when rumor was afoot that there would be “a move against Mr. Zelaya”. While Obama was studiously avoiding “meddling” in Iranian affairs as protesters cried out to the world for help in their fight for freedom from tyranny, he was busy meddling behind the scenes in the affairs of Hondurans, to keep a tyrannical, leftist despot in power.
What happened in a nutshell, as explained by Dan Collins at POWIP:
You won’t really grasp it from the AP article, but the Honduran coup is about President Zelaya’s extra-constitutional attempt to extend his term. He would be out of office in January, but he wanted a referendum to permit him to run again. The Supreme Court stated that would be unconstitutional. The army general who was to have distributed the ballots refused, and was sacked. The military then snatched him from his villa and shipped him off to Hugo.
The rumors that Zelaya was shipped off to Venezuela were unconfirmed. According to Fausta, who has been following the story, all day, he is in Costa Rica.
A commenter at Gateway Pundit says:
this is not a coup, this is the Honduran Armed Forces carrying out an order of the Supreme Court of Honduras and the congress, as well as military leaders that refused to buckle to Zelaya’s attempt to fully Chavez-ize the nation….
In other words, it was a triumph for freedom from leftist tyranny…and that probably gives Barack Obama heartburn.
Allahpundit has another idea as to why the Obama administration acted as they did:
I guess Team Barry figured that if they didn’t come out loudly against this, suspicions inside the country about the military being in cahoots with the U.S. would fester.
I disagree. I don’t think he was trying to use “smart power”. I actually believe that Obama reflexively takes the anti-Democratic position in any conflict….period.
Introduced two weeks before this year’s Presidential Inauguration, H.J.Res.5 calls to amend the Constitution by removing the limit on the number of terms a President can serve. It would effectively repeal the 22nd Amendment, approved by Congress in 1947 and ratified by the States in 1951.
Such legislation has been on the political scene for many years, and never goes anywhere.
But things change, as Obama will tell you.
In case you were thinking that Obama’s profoundly wrong position on Honduras was going to be corrected this week, now that’s it’s clear that the people have spoken, and Zelaya has been deposed, think again…Obama is standing firm with the Socialist thugs Zelaya, and Cahvez:
US President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States believes that ousted leader Manuel Zelaya “remains the president of Honduras.”
As Drew succinctly opined at AoSHQ:
America…on the wrong side of every foreign policy matter since January 20, 2009.
Ace has more, here.
Coups, interference, and the shifting standards of Obama; Update: Coup or ‘military impeachment’?
Just days after reestablishing diplomatic ties with Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez is accusing the U.S. of staging a coup in Honduras as President Obama expressed concern over President Manuel Zelaya’s arrest.
Un. be. lieveable!