Chinese Red Flag Flies Over Washington

I missed this on Sunday.

Apparently, Obama made history on September 20th, by allowing the Chinese Communists to raise their flag alongside the American flag, to celebrate the 60 year anniversary of their totalitarian Communist regime. The ceremony was held on the Elipse, across from the White House, by the Chinese Ambassador in a Chinese-only ceremony to be broadcast on Chinese television.


Can you picture Reagan, or Bush, or for that matter, McCain allowing such a thing?

I can’t.

….”we must build new coalitions that bridge old divides”…

I see.

CRS Report: Honduran “Coup” Was Justified


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


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

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

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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

Friday News Dump:GITMO To Stay Open For Just A Tad Longer Than Planned

As Michael Goldfarb pummels the Obama administration for its epic failure to close GITMO on schedule, as conspicously promised, I feel the need to remind readers what Obama said just a couple of  days ago at the UN, when he patted himself on the back for announcing that he would close GITMO.

We know the future will be forged by deeds and not simply words. Speeches alone will not solve our problems — it will take persistent action.  For those who question the character and cause of my nation, I ask you to look at the concrete actions we have taken in just nine months.

On my first day in office, I prohibited — without exception or equivocation — the use of torture by the United States of America.  (Applause.)  I ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed, and we are doing the hard work of forging a framework to combat extremism within the rule of law.  Every nation must know: America will live its values, and we will lead by example.

Yea! He congratulates himself for having a plan! One that he’s having a tough time implementing, yet  he offers that dubious “achievement” among other dubious achievements as evidence that the “character and cause of the nation” has improved since the dark days of Bush…..

Michael Goldfarb at The Weekly Standard summed it all up with biting sarcasm:

The Post‘s report concludes with this: “In coming weeks, officials say, they expect to complete the initial review of all the files of those held at Guantanamo.” They haven’t even reviewed all the files yet! Marc Ambinder offers this delightful spin on twitter: “GTMO was messy, but it’s gonna close, nearly on time. Obama thinks Craig did yoeman’s work on GTMO. If there’s a problem, it’s not that.” Right. Gitmo is going to close real soon — and at no risk to national security — just after Obama brings peace to the Middle East, adds 40 million uninsured to the system for not a penny more than you’re paying today, talks the North Koreans and Iranians into abandoning the pursuit of nuclear weapons, and wins the war in Afghanistan after tying General McChrystal’s hands behind his back.

Hey, it’s all nothing another speech can’t handle. An Obama speech, alone has been known to  raise his poll numbers up five points for an entire  weekend.

An aside: Just how many of Obama’s executive orders is he going to violate?

Hat tip: AoSHQ

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The Fox News Special Report panel reacts to Obama’s UN speech. As always, Krauthammer is perfect.