The recent coup in Honduras probably doesn’t register with most people, since we’re not used to thinking about Honduras. It was a seminal moment, though. First question: was it really a coup or a step to save the Honduran constitution?
President Zelaya was term-limited, but in Hugo-Chavez style, he tried to hold a referendum of the people to allow him to run again. That was against the Honduran constitution. He was overthrowing the rule of law for personal gain. He also happens to be a close ally of Venezuela’s Chavez, very anti-American and pro-Marxist in his policies.
The government itself, led by the Supreme Court and his own political party, joined with the military to oust him. The new interim president is actually a member of Zelaya’s own party, not an opposition leader.
This was, in fact, a move to spare Honduras the fate of Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba (all of whom protested vehemently against his dismissal). Support for uprooting this aspiring socialist tyranny should have been a no-brainer for the United States. But what do we find instead. President Obama has sided with Castro, Chavez, and Ortega in calling for Zelaya’s reinstatement. Now what does that say about his view of the world?
This is the same man, of course, who proclaimed that it would be wrong for America to “meddle” in the affairs of Iran as thousands protested a fraudulent election there.
I guess we can call this “selective meddling,” always to be used to prop up potential Marxist-socialist dictators. This is a sea-change in American foreign policy. Try to erase the image, if you can, of the American president standing alongside these lackeys of Marxist philosophy, providing them with legitimacy. It’s an awful image.