I haven’t written anything about this lately because I just haven’t had any idea which way things were going and I didn’t have anything constructive to add.
All during this “crisis”, Honduran ex-president Zelaya has been demanding his return to power.
The legitimate government of Honduras has stood by their decision to remove him from office per their Constitution, and I believe they feared that, should they reinstate him, he would have tried any number of shenanigans to try to delegitimize the upcoming elections, foment some sort of crisis and attempt to name himself “president for life”.
I think that, based on the reason for his ouster (unconstitutionally attempting to initiate a referendum regarding him staying in office beyond his term), and the fervency with which he was demanding a return to power, even if it was, ostensibly, only for a matter of weeks before the elections, their fears were well founded.
I think Obama realized he’d screwed the pooch with the position he’d taken re Honduras; but, being The One, he couldn’t just say “I was wrong” and change tacks. He needed some cover.
The deal brokered by the US representative…the agreement that Zelaya signed, was basically the same agreement that Micheletti and the Honduran government had been offering as a compromise agreement for weeks if not months. Basically, that the Honduran congress would be allowed to determine whether Zelaya would be returned to power, and Zelaya would agree to support the upcoming elections and stop agitating for violence and revolution.
Zelaya signed this agreement…and then immediately started crowing that the agreement he signed was his path back into power…even though that’s not what it said at all.
He now claims that he was promised in back room deals that, even though the agreement didn’t stipulate it, he would be returned to power as a part of the “reconciliation government”.
I have to admit that I initially feared that he was telling the truth and that the Obama administration would pressure the Honduran government into reinstating him, or would refuse to recognize the elections if it didn’t.
Apparently, I overestimated the trustworthyness of the Obama administration. Silly me…and Zelaya…for believing that this administration would live up to any promises it made behind closed doors.
It wouldn’t surprise me at all if those promises were really made…why else would Zelaya all the sudden sign an agreement that he’s been flatly refusing for weeks? Obama needed an out, Shannon was told to get the deal done no matter what it took; so Shannon convinced Zelaya to sign an agreement that DOESN’T give him what he wants, with the understanding that (wink, wink), what he REALLY wanted would happen. “Don’t worry about what the contract says, just let me tell you what you’re gonna get”.
Now that the agreement is signed Obama can pretend that his change of heart is a result of Zelaya’s acceptance of the agreement and not have to admit that he blew this call from the beginning…and because the promises were made behind closed doors and weren’t a part of the formal agreement (if they were, Micheletti would have never signed it), Shannon can simply conveniently fail to recollect any such promises being made and…viola…Obama’s out.
But that’s not what this post is about, that was just for background. I’m not exactly a genius, so if I can figure out that’s what happened, I’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention to this issue.
What this post is about is the classic 6 year old response from Zelaya, the Kindergarten-level wanna-be dictator: “Fine…you’re not gonna give me what I want, but I don’t want it any more anyway, so I win! Nya!”:
Deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya said on Saturday he would refuse to return to the presidency as part of any deal to end the crisis sparked by his ouster, saying that to do so would legitimize a June coup.
I hate to break the news to him, but I don’t think this declaration is going to break anyone’s heart…especially since there wasn’t a snowball’s chance in Hades that he was going to be offered a return to the Presidency anyway.
Obama’s got his out. You handed it to him on a silver platter when you signed that agreement. You’ve been had. Swindled. Bamboozled. How’s the underside of that Obama bus look? Say “hi” to Reverend Wright, Van Jones, Anita Dunn, etc etc etc, while you’re there enjoying the view.
With the US pledging to recognize the elections and the legitimacy of the Honduran Government, it simply won’t matter what the rest of Latin America does. Of course, now Honduras gets to look forward to attempts to disrupt the elections, violent protests and years of terrorist attacks as Zelaya’s Socialist and Communist followers exact their revenge, but no one ever said standing up for what’s right was supposed to be easy.
This story hasn’t completely played out yet so I hope I’m not jumping the gun, so to speak, but at the moment, it appears that little Honduras, stepped up to the line, looked the world in the eye and said “do your worst”…and the world blinked.
Good on ’em.
We used to have that kind of moxy here in the good old USA once upon a time. It’s good to see the spirit still exists somewhere in the world.