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realclearworld

Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana

From IBD:

There was a coup all right, but it wasn't committed by the U.S. or the Honduran court. It was committed by Zelaya himself. He brazenly defied the law, and Hondurans overwhelmingly supported his removal (a pro-Zelaya rally Monday drew a mere 200 acolytes).

Yet the U.S. administration stood with Chavez and Castro, calling Zelaya's lawful removal "a coup." Obama called the action a "terrible precedent," and said Zelaya remains president.

In doing this, the U.S. condemned democrats who stood up to save their democracy, a move that should have been hailed as a historic turning of the tide against the false democracies of the region.

The U.S. response has been disgraceful. "We recognize Zelaya as the duly elected and constitutional president of Honduras. We see no other," a State Department official told reporters.

And I agree wholeheartedly on this assessment of the OAS:

The White House also wants to mollify the morally corrupted Organization of American States, which, by admitting Cuba, is no longer an organization of democracies and now, through its radical membership, tries to dictate how other countries run themselves.

Read the rest, right here.

8 comments to Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana

  • antonio2009

    Here is an excellent Alfredo Pong cartoon of Fidel Castro's regard for the OAS
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/pong/TIRA-441-WEB.jpg

  • it would be akin to a US President ignoring an Order from the US Supreme Court. If he willfully defied such an Order, he'd be impeached and held in contempt.

  • Larry Daley

    That "paragon of democracy" Raul Castro is in Nicaragua supporting Zelaya

    Did anybody see on Spanish language news

    a platoon of communists giving the clenched fist support

    there only seemed to be at most hundreds not thousands of protestors

  • Larry Daley

    Val:

    Thank you

    I posted excerpts and URL of International Business Journal to response at

    Miami Herald

    He He

  • j alvarez

    More details about the constitutional situation in Honduras, taken form El Universal (Caracas) and hastily translated into English.
    El Universal, Caracas. June 30th 2009.
    Per Kurowski
    Two entanglements (rollos) in Honduras.
    The Constitution in Honduras establishes:
    Art. 42: Citizenship is lost in case of: (nº 5) inciting, promoting, supporting continuism or reelection in office of the President of the Republic.
    Art. 205: Congress has the following powers:
    Nº 12: Receiving the promise [to respect the Constitution] on the part of the President… accept or reject his resignation.., fill the vacancy if it is absolute…
    Nº 15: Declare whether to proceed with an impeachment.
    Nº 23: Decree the restriction or suspension of rights in conformity with what is established in the Constitution and ratify, modify or reject the restriction or suspension decreed by the Executive Power according to law.
    Art. 237: The Presidential mandate is for four years, beginning on the January 27th following the election.
    Art. 329: The citizen who has exercised the Executive Power cannot be President or designated as such. Whoever breaks this disposition or proposes its reform, as well as those who support it directly or indirectly will immediately cease in the exercise of office and will be proscribed for ten years from any public office.
    Art. 322: All public servants in order to assume office will promise the following: I promise to be faithful to the Republic, respect and enforce the Constitution and the laws.
    Art. 374: Under no circumstances can there be a reform of the articles of the Constitution that refer to: the period of presidential mandate, the prohibition to be reelected President of the Republic, the citizen who has been such under any title and that referring to those who can be Presidents of the Republic for the period after the next (subsiguiente).
    I am not a constitutional lawyer but there is no doubt that the issue of Presidential reelection is an almost existential entanglement in my dear Honduras, and I know little of its historical origin. Now, in view of that entanglement there cannot be many doubts about the other one, the present one, which Manuel Zelaya and his friends helped to set up. I hope to God they are able to resolve it in peace.
    perkurowski@gmail.com
    http://www.petropolitan.blogspot.com http://www.radicaldelmedio.blogspot.com

  • I'm not surprised by Obama's reaction to Zelaya's destitution. That "man of destiny" seems to share similar ambitions. Wanna bet how long it will take for him and his true believers to try to amend the U.S. Constitution so he can have a third, then a fourth term and end up as President-for-life?

  • Mr. Mojito

    This situation isn't much different from Blago being removed. Coups install Generals, they didn't.

  • firefly

    Obama,

    Follow your own advice and DON'T MEDDLE.