(Much chatter on the national blogs about Sen. Jim DeMint’s rogue efforts to undermine U.S. foreign policy in Central and South America, but not so much about our local band of neocons (or what’s left of them). – promoted by ThillyWabbit)
It’s interesting to see the spin that Republicans are putting on the coup in Honduras, these day. Here’s the Associated Press unambiguously stating that a coup took place, and Rep. Doug Lamborn denying it after visiting the coup leader himself in Honduras:
Rep. Doug Lamborn (far left) and Honduras’ interim President/coup leader Roberto Micheletti (far right)
A Colorado Republican is defending his visit to a Honduran leader deemed illegitimate by the White House.
Rep. Doug Lamborn joined three other Republicans on Friday to meet interim President Roberto Micheletti in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital. The Obama administration has condemned the coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya and brought Micheletti to power.
Lamborn insisted that Zelaya was legally removed from the presidency because he broke the law by seeking a second term in office.
“It was not a coup,” Lamborn told The Associated Press by telephone…
But how does that statement jibe with Micheletti’s actions since assuming leadership? Was Democracy “restored” by Zelaya being unceremoniously booted from the country? Not exactly. Honduras has gone from Zelaya illegally trying to hold an election on a non-binding resolution to Micheletti actually suspending civil liberties — quite a trade-off, all in all, for Democracy in the Americas:
The de facto president of Honduras, Roberto Micheletti, appeared to have bowed to pressure at home and from abroad on Monday, saying that he would lift his order suspending civil liberties.
Since then, he has been in no hurry to keep his promise.
Mr. Micheletti spent the week consulting with the Supreme Court and other parts of the government about the decree, which his government announced on Sunday night. But while he has been discussing lifting the order, his security forces have been busy enforcing it.
Back to the first article:
Lamborn said people he met in Honduras don’t think Zelaya was wrongly ousted.
I’m sure that’s true. But, obviously, Lamborn didn’t talk to any of these folks while he was in Honduras, who protested against the coup about a week ago:
Several thousand Zelaya supporters took to the streets again Saturday, in a march on foot and in scores of cars, waving red flags [characteristic of the traditional, centre-right Liberal Party to which Zelaya belongs], honking horns and calling for him to return to office.
As far as fact-finding trips go, Doug Lamborn claiming to have discovered democracy-at-work in a country in the midst of a coup d’état is akin to Bob Schaffer not finding any signs of abused workers at sweat shops in the Northern Mariana Islands.