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Capping a day of mixed signals, U.S. President Barack Obama said late Monday that he considered Sunday’s ouster and exile of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to be “not legal” and that Washington still considered him the legitimate president of the Central American country.
Speaking at a very brief press appearance with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, Obama referred to Sunday’s events as a “coup” and warned that, if permitted to stand, it would constitute a “terrible precedent” for region
Under U.S. law, no aid can be disbursed to any country “whose elected head of government has been deposed by military coup or decree”.
“We are withholding any formal legal determination,” Clinton told a press briefing here.
Originally posted by sunny_2008ny
Obama has no business speaking about countries that he otherwise would not care to speak of. ok a coup happened in Honduras, so what, who is Obama to term it illegal,
The United States has a history of backing rival political factions and instigating coups in the region, and administration officials have found themselves on the defensive in recent days, dismissing repeated allegations by President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela that the C.I.A. may have had a hand in the president’s removal.
Originally posted by whatukno
Obama was stating an opinion. Just his opinion.
]it did get sent to pakistan, although i see your point. i don't think it's so much an issue of "military takeover" as such, it's "military takeover of governments we like".
Originally posted by Ferris.Bueller.II
Why is he sticking his nose into Honduras' business? Is he doing this to support his buddies in Venezuela and Cuba who are backing the ousted President?
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
The Ballots which were to be distributed on Monday were rounded up along with the now former President and all put on a one way plane to Costa Rica which by the way has more species of flora and fauna than any other country in the world a first class symphony and opera and no standing army, the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans easily accessed in one days driving and Volcanoes
So hundreds of peole were being beaten and killed in Iran in order to fight for freedom... and Obama says nothing for days and finally says: "We're watching...."
Meet Barack Obama, the man who was going to bring an end to the American coercion of other countries. No more would the White House tell the rest of the world what to do. Except of course to dictate where Jews can live in Israel, how the Honduran judiciary can operate and who can head the Muslim community in Greece.
Of course Obama has drawn the line somewhere. He has drawn the line against standing up to Ahmadinejad, Chavez or any Socialist or Muslim tyrant. Instead Obama has browbeaten America’s democratic allies, in support of Muslim and Socialist tyrannies. You can read that as Obama putting his own political and religious loyalties ahead of America’s interests. Or you can read it as the act of a craven coward who hopes to sacrifice America’s remaining allies in order to win over America’s enemies.
When the Iranian youth came out to protest against Ahmadinejad, Obama mumbled and fumbled for something to say. He dragged it out long enough to send a loud and clear message to the Iranian regime, that America would not interfere no matter what they did. And the regime got the message. Obama cannot be held completely responsible for the ruthless crackdown that has followed, but some of the blood is certainly on his well manicured hands and sleeves.
As the supposedly most cyber-aware fellow in the White House, Obama could have followed up on the British effort to provide social networking access to Iranian protesters, or on the one proposed by Senator John McCain, the man the media lambasted as tech-illiterate and out of touch. He could have imposed sanctions on Nokia for aiding in the repression of political dissidents and compelled them to make the plans for the technology they sold to Iran, public.
Harnessing America’s status as a world power and his own supposed global goodwill, Obama could have organized an international diplomatic response to the crackdown. He could have made any nuclear negotiations contingent on the treatment of the protesters. He could have done a dozen things, but aside from making a series of fumbling statements when his inaction became humiliating even for his own party, Barack Hussein Obama did nothing. Behold the man. Behold the coward.
By contrast when Honduras’ legislature and supreme court acted to remove President Manuel Zelaya, a close ally of Chavez, who had fired the head of the army and attempted to stage a coup by violating the Constitution, Obama and his people have been working around the clock to restore Zelaya to power, even while stating that they want the whole thing to be “free from external influence and interference” (the hypocrisy on that line alone is almost enough to choke even Chavez himself). The question is why?
But of course it’s not that difficult of a question. Not when you think like a coward. Not when you think like Obama.
Why wouldn’t Obama panic at the sight of a Congress and Supreme Court removing a left wing Socialist President who violated the Constitution in pushing to make himself el-presidente for life, by violating term limits. Let alone the military dumping said President across border.
Obama no doubt has nightmares of waking up on a C-31 transport to Kenya, after enough of his wrongdoing leads him to being booted out of the White House by what remains of the American legislative and judicial infrastructure.