Clinton: Coup in Honduras "Should Be Condemned"
By Al Giordano
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the following statement this afternoon:
"The action taken against Honduran President Manuel Zelaya violates the precepts of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and thus should be condemned by all.
"We call on all parties in Honduras to respect the constitutional order and the rule of law, to reaffirm their democratic vocation, and to commit themselves to resolve political disputes peacefully and through dialogue."
Memo to Eva Golinger from Al Giordano: You're not helping your credibility with screeching claims that events in Honduras constitute "Obama's first coup." If you can't see the difference between the actions of of the Bush administration (which cheered the 2002 coup in Venezuela, and forwarded the lie that its president had "resigned") and the immediate response from the Obama administration toward the coup in Honduras (first, Obama recognized and gave backing to the facts of what he called the "the detention and expulsion of President Mel Zelaya," a very helpful statement to frame the narrative, and, now, Secretary Clinton has said it "should be condemned"), that only reflects a shortcoming in research and logic by those making such crazy statements.
Very, very few close observers - including many of us that strongly back and defend the Bolivarian movement of Venezuela - are going to take anybody seriously when they make such off-the-wall pronunciations. It suggests you are not operating with a full deck of facts, or, worse, seek to "fool the crowd" during a moment of crisis. That's not leadership. Nor does it offer an accurate map of events on the ground.
Not every sound of an automobile backfiring is an indication of gunfire. Come back down to earth, comrade. Crying "wolf" never got any cause anywhere, and there is a real battle to be fought to restore the democratically-elected president of Honduras without axe-grinding fictions coming from those associated with our side of that barricade.
Memo to Larry Birns from Al Giordano: I'm going to phrase this much more strongly than my previous memo. Your "report" on Friday, from the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, attacking the now illegally-deposed president of Honduras as somehow being the bad actor on that stage, helped to justify the coup underway in Honduras. Your organization offered a knowing falsehood when it wrote:
On June 26, Zelaya announced that Congress was plotting a “technical coup” to remove him from power through legal maneuverings. The technical coup Zelaya was referring to was an impeachment vote, which is allowed under the constitution. However, this also could be an attempt on Zelaya’s part to garner support for his position in view of an upcoming emergency meeting of the General Assembly of the Organizat ion of American States, what he considers to be a friendly gesture. By presenting his government as being under attack by right-wing elements who wish to terminate his presidency, Zelaya can divert attention from his own debatable actions.
Well, now the whole world can see that Zelaya's charges of coup-plotting offered a more accurate assessment than COHA's drivel penned in Washington. You really should consider closing up shop at COHA, Larry. The organization is demonstrating symptoms of senility. Meanwhile, you owe your readers and the people of Honduras an apology and a correction. And you owe yourself some serious soul searching, if not speedy retirement.
Update: Kristin Bricker has the statement of the US Ambassador to Honduras: "The only president the United States recognizes is President Manuel Zelaya."
Update II: Add political assassination to the crimes of the coup plotters. Kristin Bricker reports that 2010 Honduras presidential candidate Cesar Ham has been murdered.
Update III: An important national organization, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations (COPINH) has released this statement, noting that electricity has been cut in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa. Bloomberg reports that telephone service in the country has also been cut.
Update IV: The director of Globo radio in Honduras, David Romero, reports that the coup plotters have shut down the radio network (via Aporrea).
Update V: The Organization of American States (OAS) has unanimously backed President Manuel Zelaya as the only legitimate president of Honduras. And the General Assembly of the United Nations has called an emergency session for tomorrow to likely do the same.