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10/30/2009

Fausta: “Honduran Government Caves” to US; Restores Zelaya

Filed under: International,Obama — DRJ @ 12:15 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

Fausta’s Blog links a BBC article that reports Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is back in business:

“The interim leader of Honduras says he is ready to sign a pact to end its crisis which could include the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

Roberto Micheletti said the agreement would create a power-sharing government and require both sides to recognise the result of November’s presidential poll.

Mr Zelaya said the deal, which requires the approval of the Supreme Court and Congress, would be signed on Friday.”

There’s so much going on behind the scenes that it’s difficult to analyze this but here’s my best guess: The Honduran government had little choice. First, Honduras needs the world to recognize its Presidential election in November, and this agreement makes that possible. Second, the agreement and election will presumably lead to the restoration of vital American aid to Honduras. Third, Zelaya and his sponsors (including the Obama Administration) will be hard-pressed to find a legitimate way to keep Zelaya in power after the November election.

Micheletti did what it took to preserve his country and government. He stood up for important principles and hopefully Honduras’ next President will, too.

— DRJ

29 Responses to “Fausta: “Honduran Government Caves” to US; Restores Zelaya”

  1. […] Chicago comes to Honduras Honduran Government Succumbs to the Obama Administration’s Pressure, Fellow Marxist Manuel Zelaya Will Be Returned to Power….. Micheletti Caves in Honduras Telling It as It Is — New York Times Style Honduras Folds Part 2 Meanwhile, back in Honduras Zelaya’s back! Under U.S. Pressure, Bankrupt Honduras Agrees to Return Authoritarian Ex-President to Power Obama Administration Forces Honduran Capitulation to Chaves Wanna-Be The Rank Stench of Success The Democrats in Honduras A Settlement is Achieved in Honduras. Elections to be Respected, Zelaya’s future uncertain. Travesty in Honduras Who Came out of the Honduran Crisis Looking the Best? Hillary. Ros-Lehtinen Comments on Developments in Honduras Zelaya To Be Temporarily Restored to Office In Honduras; Recent Killings Definitely Not Related, No Sir Finally: Obama gets a foreign policy success—unfortunately, it’s in Honduras, not Iran US Makes Honduras Restore President Fausta: “Honduran Government Caves” to US; Restores Zelaya […]

    Fausta’s Blog » Blog Archive » Honduran government caves into US pressure, agrees to Zelaya’s restitution (a98aa5)

  2. Dictatorial dirty socialist Hugo puppets all across Latin America are on notice that the United States won’t defend any bastion of freedom or democracy what might remain south of our borders and will in fact enthusiastically abet rambunctious dirty socialist power grabs.

    It’s playtime.

    happyfeet (71f55e)

  3. No good deed goes unpunished, especially when Obama is around.

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  4. Frankly, if it were just a failure to defend the democracies, I would feel better about it. But at this point the US government has signaled that it will in fact, defend the thugs, as long as they are ideologically correct.

    What a sad day this is for people who believe their countries should be allowed to live by their own constitutions.

    Not My Problem (fab1f4)

  5. Does Z have any real power, practically speaking, for the month he’ll be back in office? The entire national legislature voted to eject him.

    Mitch (890cbf)

  6. Perhaps the Nicaraguans will notice this and act accordingly in throwing out the thuggish “former Sandinista” President out after he revised the rules in order to continue in office.

    Dmac (a964d5)

  7. Zelaya and Chavez have an endgame. If they slaughter all the now-exposed freedom fighters in Honduras’s government, will Obama lift a finger? Will anyone?

    That’s the fear. I pray Zelaya is assassinated.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  8. This is a sad day for freedom and liberty. A small sovereign nation in the Western Hemisphere has been forced to bow before the power of an American President, and to accept the return of a would-be dictator who attempted to subvert its constitution, run roughshod over its election laws, and to remain in office after his term would have expired.

    Hondurans deserve better, the American people deserve better. This must not be allowed to stand. Obama has proved himself unworthy to lead our nation, he must go. Obama should resign at once, or be impeached for high crimes.

    ropelight (73157f)

  9. History should look back on this atrocity by Barcky with scorn. But, historians tend to be a liberal lot, so this was prolly a good thing.

    JD (f1caab)

  10. Zelaya has a group of Sandanista agitators (also known as teachers) ready to stir up trouble. If I were the Hondurans, I would be slipping risperdol into his drinking water. His tin foil window shades are keeping out the evil Israelis who want his body for experiments.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  11. I’m ashamed of my country. Guess I better get used to it. It’s been several months now – still hard to admit it.

    Wasn’t it the libs who thought we should not mind other countries’ business? Like so many other things, it’s different now.

    jodetoad (059c35)

  12. Sadly, this kind of crap isn’t a new thing. Carter had a similar bizarre interest in helping Mugabe defeat democracy.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  13. Well, if the Supreme Court has to sign off on it, then maybe they are just punting it to them with full knowledge that the SC will be appropriately obstructionist. You know, then interim government can say, “oh darn, i would love to make you president again Zelaya, but our silly obstructionist supreme court won’t let us” in sort of an “I’m shocked, shocked to find gambling in this establishment” tone of voice.

    Just a theory. And if anyone from Honduras is listening, give obama the finger. Tell him to go interfere in a real travesty, like Iran.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  14. But first, they’ve got to get the Honduran Congress to sign-off on this corrupt deal; you know, the guys who said what the Honduran Supreme Court ordered was the correct course-of-action?
    You just have to wonder how much “juice” Chavez is going to have to spread-around to swing that vote?
    And, if the Congress says No!, and Zelaya still refuses to go off into that quiet night, will all Hell break loose, as in Civil War?
    Won’t that look good on Teh One’s resume?

    AD - RtR/OS! (2b030e)

  15. i would add that maybe the white house is looking at this as a way to save face, too. they can pretend to be disappointed when the supreme court ends up obstructing it, when in fact it saves them from havign to publically admitt they were being idiots in this.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  16. I would add, maybe suddenly Admiral Akbar will shout “its a trap” and as Zelaya enters the presidential palace, they shoot him. i mean that is the message here. if you are going to stop a would-be dictator, SHOOT HIM. then no one can cry that he is run out of power.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  17. The RethugliKKKan coup has been overturned, finally.

    JD (42d1cb)

  18. I think the benefits to Honduras of going forward with the November election and having American aid reinstated outweighs the risk that Zelaya will attempt a coup. In addition, since a US envoy brokered this deal, both the US and Honduras have an interest in keeping Zelaya in line — and that means there’s also a downside for the US if Zelaya acts up.

    DRJ (dff2ca)

  19. First Rule of Coup’s:
    When you strike at a King, kill him!

    AD - RtR/OS! (2b030e)

  20. It appears the aid was more important than doing the right thing. O must be so proud.

    PatAZ (9d1bb3)

  21. DRJ – there’s also a downside for the US if Zelaya acts up.

    I disagree entirely. Zelaya’s done nothing other than act up and he’s been coddled by the Obama Administration the entire time. This is of course due to Obama’s undying affection for Castro and Chavez, but it’s no longer a question as to whether or not Obama and his administration support dictatorships.

    Obama and his crew prefer dictatorship over democratic rule.

    jodetoad – I will never be ashamed of my country. It it my country’s leadership that is abhorrent.

    Apogee (e2dc9b)

  22. I still vote for the risperdol. Or maybe Ketamine. In fact, it may be ketamine that’s making him so goofy. I’d better shut up.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  23. What did Obama say last month at the U.N. about one country not dominating another? Didn’t he use not wanting to interfere in the internal affairs of another country as his excuse for not saying more about the fraudulent Iranian elections in June? His administration’s actions with respect to Honduras, apart from misreading the country’s constitution, conflict with those statements about six ways from Sunday.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  24. Mike K, talk to me, which goofy guy you talkin’ ’bout? Is it Zalaya, Obama, Chevez, or some other addict?

    ropelight (73157f)

  25. Sad.

    I’m sure the acornistas down there will manage to throw the election to Obama’s choice.

    Patricia (b05e7f)

  26. The Big O might have a different definition of acting up than we do. He seems to like Chavez and Achmedinejad.

    Apogee, you are right, if the country is the land and traditions. Not too sure about the wisdom of our people, and you’re dead on about the leadership, couldn’t find a better word.

    jodetoad (059c35)

  27. The details do not match the header description.

    Micheletti’s deal is basically that the Supreme Court and the Congress have to agree to the reinstatement. Which isn’t going to happen. Even if they do agree, Zelaya gets ONLY a face-saving puppet role, while Micheletti continues in his role as interim president through the next inauguration. Zelaya does not get a repeal of the constitutional temr limits that would allow him another term. And the Honduran people get an internationally recognized election to choose their next president.

    On the down side, Obambi and crew get to keep their incompetent “legal analysis” under wraps until the issue fades away.

    Tully (c2f070)

  28. As Tully mentions, the details do not match initial press reports and sound far more like a retreat by the Obama administration.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  29. […] they followed the law when they ousted Zelaya. Following the U.S. imposition of economic sanctions, Honduras accepted a U.S. brokered deal in late October that required the Honduran Supreme Court and Congress vote on reinstating Zelaya […]

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