The Honduran People Will Pay for Our Shameful Behavior

| September 3, 2009 | 8 Replies

I am truly ashamed of the way my government is treating the people of Honduras.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton terminated a large part of U.S. assistance to Honduras Thursday over the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya and said that Washington would not recognize the results of elections scheduled for November.

The State Department announced Mrs. Clinton’s long-expected decision as she met with Mr. Zelaya in Washington. She had temporarily suspended aid shortly after the June 28 coup, but Thursday’s move makes the cut permanent.

“The secretary of state has made the decision consistent with U.S. legislation, recognizing the need for strong measures in light of the continued resistance to the adoption of the San Jose Accord by the de facto regime and continuing failure to restore democratic, constitutional rule to Honduras,” said department spokesman Ian C. Kelly.

This is reprehensible and the State Department is dead, flat wrong. The Honduran government is the de jure government of Honduras since what it did to depose Manuel Zelaya was in accordance with its laws and the requirements of its own Constitution. This is not in dispute among people with basic levels of reading comprehension.

Alas, this is politics and not reality. Unfortunately, we won’t suffer a single minute for our decision. The people of Honduras, who have worked hard to establish a stable democracy so they can finally pull themselves out of abject poverty, will pay instead. They do not deserve this treatment from us. They deserve our praise and all the help we can possibly give them.

To borrow an oft-used Obamaism, let me be clear. Our government is demanding that the current government of Honduras violate its own laws to return a man to power who ignored the lawful orders of his own courts and deliberately attempted to violate the Honduran Constitution to satisfy his own desire to remain in office longer. Our position is shameful and wrong and it needs to change.

The President should turn around on this issue right now. He has put us on the side of tyrants and that is never a place the United States should be. Not ever.

UPDATE: One of the Quotes of the Day at Hot Air. Thank you, Allah.

UPDATE 2: Smitty asks a couple interesting questions. I’d like to hear the administration answer them.

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