When I first saw this at Irons in the Fire.
You know, it must have griped the Obama Administration no end to have it pointed out “There was no coup.”
Of course I calmed down a bit when the article he linked made it clear that our stubborn government and the administration who’s never met a socialist dictator it didn’t like are still not exactly embracing the Honduran interim government, but at least they’ve finally acknowledged that the lawful action the Hondurans took was not a “coup”.
In a welcome about-face, the State Department told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Richard Lugar, R-Ind., in a letter Tuesday that the U.S. would no longer threaten sanctions on Honduras for ousting its president, Mel Zelaya, last June 28.
Nor will it insist on Zelaya’s return to power. As it turns out, the U.S. Senate can’t find any legal reason why the Honduran Supreme Court’s refusal to let Zelaya stay in office beyond the time allowed by Honduran law constitutes a “military coup.”
Hopefully at some point, the idiots running things in DC will figure out that supporting the lawful acts of a democratic government to protect their people’s liberty is just good policy, and Hondurans can get back to regarding the US as a friend, rather than the school bully.
I did find this part of the article interesting:
By ending the threats, talks can begin. Constructive solutions, like early elections or persuading Honduras’ congress to add an impeachment law to its constitution, can now be put on the table.
I must ask…if there was no coup and no illegal actions…why the heck should Honduras negotiate about ANYTHING? Why should they rush their elections, which could increase the chances of them electing someone they haven’t had time to fully vet? Why should they be forced to add an “impeachment” proceeding to their constitution? What they have now seems to have worked fine for them the last time.
I actually think their process is superior to ours. Ours is too influenced by politics. Their Supreme Court made the decision that Zelaya had to go. No political debate in congress…either he was violating the Constitution or he wasn’t. It was determined that he was and he was properly removed from office as a result.
No muss, no fuss, no political grandstanding…He violated the constitution so he was gone. Period.
I wish our government was that efficient.
Of course, that also explains exactly why the whole situation scares the pants off of sitting governments the world over. They’re afraid we peasants may get ideas from the example set by Honduras.
I can only wish.