Honduras Embroiled in Fight for Democracy

First, some facts:

  1. The Honduran Constitution limits the presidential term to 4 years.
  2. Honduran president Manuel Zelaya has seen his approval ratings plummet because of soaring food prices and worsening drug violence that has given Honduras one of the highest homicide rates in Latin America.
  3. The Honduran Constitution prohibits changing the duration of the presidential term.
  4. In defiance of the plain language of the constitution, President Zelaya asked for a referendum on placing the extension of the presidential term on the ballot.
  5. The country’s Supreme Court, Honduras’s top electoral tribunal, Attorney General Luis Alberto Rubí, and human-rights ombudsman have all declared the planned referendum illegal.
  6. President Zelaya attempted to hold the vote anyway, ordering the military to distribute the ballots (which is their role) and sacking General Romeo Vasquez, head of the Honduran armed forces.
  7. The military, acting on a court order, responded by capturing President Zelaya and flying him out of the country, thus ending his attempted power grab.

I often judge politicians by who their friends are. Among those condemning Honduras’ removal of President Zelaya are Cuba, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, and of course Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But we shouldn’t blame Hillary – she’s only doing B. Hussein Obama’s bidding. It turns out that he has been working for weeks to save President Zelaya’s job:

The Obama administration and members of the Organization of American States had worked for weeks to try to avert any moves to overthrow President Zelaya, said senior U.S. officials. Washington’s ambassador to Honduras, Hugo Llorens, sought to facilitate a dialogue between the president’s office, the Honduran parliament and the military.

The efforts accelerated over the weekend, as Washington grew increasingly alarmed.

Carlos Echevarria, commenting at Gateway Pundit, sums everything up nicely:

Gateway, 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….

Today is a day of liberty in Honduras.

But in a sign that this will continue to escalate, the left is already tying the “military coup” to the American Department of Defense. God help me, it’s true.

Now it’s time to see if Obama will support democracy in Honduras, or will enable Chavez to put troops in Honduras to prop up a leftist friend. Anyone want to take bets?

Posted June 28th, 2009 Filed in International