Thursday, September 03, 2009

What is going on in D.C.?

So. Yeah. Ok, here goes.

What the frack is going on in Washington D.C. right now? And who is calling the shots on foreign policy. Because whoever it is, needs to get their heads on straight and remember who they should back and who they should shun.

In the past, I have expressed my displeasure with the way that President Obama has been extending his hand to dictators, bowing to foreign potentates, and generally apologizing for things for which we should not apologize. But now, the Obama Administration seems to want to throw out all logic.

What am I talking about? Well, today's example is the announcement from the State Department that the U.S. will be suspending aid to Honduras because it ousted its president. Not content with that little bon mot, the State Department has also announced that they will not recognize the results of the scheduled elections if the deposed president is not returned to power.

Hmmm. Let's see. The deposed president of Honduras, Jose Manuel Zelaya, was duly elected by the people in what was regarded as a fair election. However, Honduras has a clause in its constitution. It states, that a president is limited to only one term as president. Furthermore, it is unconstitutional for the president of Honduras to seek another term of office.

Now, perhaps I am a little biased against Mr. Zelaya. After all, he counts as one of his political allies Hugo Chavez. Anyone who counts him as an ally is immediately suspect, especially when it comes to maintaining a democracy.

So what did Mr. Zelaya do? He attempted to hold a constitutional convention. However, he did not follow the rules. So the Honduran Supreme Court struck him down. They he tried to hold his own private referendum on the issue. But he failed to comply with the law. So the Honduran Supreme Court struck him down again. And again, Mr. Zelaya ignored the order of the court and ordered his supporters to try and storm the army base where the ballots were kept.

Let's see. Illegal convention. Illegal referendum. Contempt of the Supreme Court's orders. If this was the United States, there would be impeachment hearings so fast that CNN would be hard pressed to come up with a snappy title and logo.

However, in Honduras, there is a problem. When they drafted the Constitution, they failed to put that mechanism in for this type of situation. So the question was taken up, apparently, by the Honduran Supreme Court. And they ordered the Army to remove him from power.

Now, there is a very good reason for this. Honduras has had a series of dictators. When they created their constitution, they were very mindful of this. And so they made the prohibition against multiple terms of office for the president. Was there a better solution? Maybe. But that was the solution that their mechanism of government chose.

Remember, this was a government that was freely elected. A government that is standing for election in a few weeks. The elections in Honduras have not been delayed. Zelaya could not have legally run for office. So why then, is the U.S. penalizing these people for ensuring that their system of representative democracy?

Have we suddenly run out of oppressive dictatorships to penalize? Or illegitimately elected governments that disregard human rights and support terrorism?

The only thing I can think is that Obama is trying to curry favor with Chavez's crowd. Either that or Secretary of State Clinton has decided this is a good idea. Either way, it undercuts our core principals. How can we say we support sovereignty of other governments which have the support of the electorate, when we demand that a demagougue who has violated constitutional law while in office be returned to power when he was legally deposed?

This is just nuts.

Then again, I guess this administration believes that meeting with dictators and would be dictators is good form. Then again, I suppose when President Obama stated in his inaugural speech,
To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
I guess he meant that we would also fight to restore you to power. I can't wait to see what President Obama's Administration does next. I'm sure it will disappoint me.

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