[Guest post by DRJ]
The Obama Administration is continuing to push for Honduras to return former President Manuel Zelaya to office. Toward that end, the U.S. has met with Zelaya, expressed support for his return, suspended military relations with Honduras, and is considering limits on any financial assistance:
“[State Department, spokesman Ian C.] Kelly said the administration was still studying whether the forced removal of Zelaya was a military coup in a legal sense that would trigger a cutoff or suspension of American financial assistance.
“Our legal advisers are actively assessing the facts and the law in question, which we take very seriously,” Kelly said.”
The Obama Administration should have considered whether this was a coup before taking a position on Zelaya’s return, but I hope Obama’s posturing doesn’t end up jeopardizing Honduran lives and the country’s democracy.