Sunday, June 28, 2009

I thought that the United States wasn't meddling in things anymore.

The Leftist president of Honduras just got forced out of office:
Soldiers seized the national palace and flew President Manuel Zelaya into exile Sunday, hours before a disputed constitutional referendum. Zelaya, a leftist ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, said he was the victim of a coup.

Hours later, Congress voted to accept what it said was Zelaya's letter of resignation, but Zelaya said the letter wasn't his and vowed to remain in power.

The Supreme Court said it was supporting the military in what it called a defense of democracy, and the Honduran ambassador to the Organization of American States said the military was planning to swear in Congressional President Roberto Micheletti — who is next in line to the presidency — to replace Zelaya.
Despite the fact that President Obama hates meddling in the affairs of other nations, the United States's response is immediate condemnation:
President Obama said he was "deeply concerned" by Zelaya's expulsion and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the arrest should be condemned.

"I call on all political and social actors in Honduras to respect democratic norms, the rule of law and the tenets of the Inter-American Democratic Charter," Obama's statement read.

"The action taken against Honduran President Mel Zelaya violates the precepts of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and thus should be condemned by all," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement Sunday.

"We call on all parties in Honduras to respect the constitutional order and the rule of law, to reaffirm their democratic vocation, and to commit themselves to resolve political disputes peacefully and through dialogue. Honduras must embrace the very principles of democracy we reaffirmed at the OAS meeting it hosted less than one month ago," said Clinton.
When the fiercely anti-American regime in Iran needs 48 hours of silence to blunt the force of street protests, President Obama is more than willing to stay quiet in order to avoid "meddling". But when the Left-wing ally of Castro and Chavez in Honduras needs immediate help to stay in power, Obama is more than willing to immediately "meddle" in Honduran affairs. Are you sensing a pattern here yet?


Blogger El-Visitador said...

You see, it is "meddling" only if there is risk of alienating those you want to "engage."

Otherwise, meddle away!

6:13 PM  

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