coup d’etat: a violent or illegal seizure of power.
We’ve heard the word bandied about all week; a coup d’etat in
Honduras. One detail which of course was left out was that it was a deposing which was neither violent or illegal. Indeed, if this is a coup d’etat it is certainly a very odd one. Who ever heard of military coup imposing an interim leader from the very same Liberal party of the deposed president? Or that deposing being sanctioned by the supreme court and the legislative body of the land because the elected president was trying to implement a coup of his own? Or the new interim leader, Roberto Micheletti, assuring that he has no intention of staying on past the current term? What kind of coup is this? Do the Hondurans need the Iranians, Venezuelans, or Cubans to come in to show them how its done?
The word coup of course got into our vocabulary so quickly in regards to Honduras because President Obama declared it as such before even Hugo Chavez or the Castro brothers had a chance to put on their berets to mimic such absurdities. And they are absurdities; can you imagine the shock of the Honduran people must be in right about now? The United States of America has sided with Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro? What the hell is going on here? George Landau, the former U.S. ambassador to Chile, Paraguay, and Venezuela explains:
“This was not a military coup. The military blocked an attempted civilian coup by Manuel Zelaya, as he defied Honduras’s Supreme Court, its Congress, and his own political party. Instead of calling for his reinstatement in office, we should congratulate the Honduran government on removing the president peacefully.
“So far, Washington and most of the world have missed what is happening in Tegucigalpa. This was a power play by Hugo Chávez and his ALBA colleagues. [‘ALBA’ is a leftist bloc led by Venezuela. Zelaya made Honduras a member in 2008.] We are faced with a battle between democracy and leftist autocrats who have manipulated themselves into permanent power in their countries and want to add Honduras to the list.”
John Thomas, of the National Review has an excellent review of the situation referenced above. The money quote:
American John Park, the former Anglican archdeacon of Honduras and a resident of the Central American country for more than 17 years, summarized the situation succinctly: “What has happened can be called democracy in action. It was not a military coup, but just as a U.S. court may order the arrest of a citizen, the Honduran army acted on the orders of the Supreme Court to arrest a citizen who . . . was flouting the law and the constitution.”
I wonder how long it will take for the Washington press corps to realize the complete and total inconsistency demonstrated by the Obama administration in just the last week. (I’ll take the over on 8 years). To sum up “We can’t get involved in the internal affairs of Supreme Leader of Iran, but oh yes we most definitely will get involved in the wanna-be supreme leader of Honduras.” I understand that foreign affairs is all about inconsistencies, but the disturbing thing is in neither case was administration on the side of liberty.