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.