July 22, 2014 Leave a comment
On June 28 in 2009 José Manuel Zelaya Rosales was prevented from staging a coup d’etat in Honduras by the Honduran military. Zelaya, a Hugo Chavez wannabee, dreamed of extending his term of office beyond the constitutionally allowable two terms, and he was proceeding with a “referendum” to grant him a third term. The constitution of Honduras did not allow for this, and in fact any president so proposing another
term immediately forfeited his office. The Honduran supreme court, at the behest of the national congress, asked the military to forcibly remove the renegade, and the military (quite properly) acted to remove a would-be dictator. American liberals called it a coup and demanded Zelaya’s reinstatement.
As did the Obama Administration.
According to a press report in The Indian:
“Barack Obama Washington, June 30 (EFE) US President Barack Obama has said the expulsion of the Honduran president by the country’s armed forces was illegal and reminiscent of Central America’s “dark past”. Speaking to reporters alongside visiting Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, Obama repeated his condemnation of Sunday’s events in Honduras, where the army ousted President Mel Zelaya and forced him into exile in Costa Rica.
“It would be a terrible precedent if we start moving backwards into the era in which we are seeing military coups as a means of political transition rather than democratic elections,” Obama said in the Oval Office Monday.
The situation in Honduras has “evolved into a coup”, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said earlier Monday, , adding that the US does not plan to suspend aid to the Central American nation.
“Our immediate priority is to restore full democratic and constitutional order in that country,” Clinton Said at a press conference.”
The Administration tried very hard to force Honduras to restore Zelaya, but eventually had to buckle to a fait-accompli and accept a non communist government.
Barack Obama undoubtedly hated losing a fellow traveler, but was there perhaps not more to the matter than meets the eye? Another thing to keep in mind about President Obama is that he is the first President
to admit to being not just a drug user but a fairly heavy one.
Columbia and Venezuela have been using Central America for years as a staging ground for importation of drugs into the United States. Interestingly enough, Manuel Zaleya was a champion of ending the “drug war” and opening the narcotics flood gates.
According to a July 2, 2009 post in Investor’s Business Daily:
“The Hemisphere: A Honduran official has warned that deposed President Mel Zelaya was in league with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez to ship drugs to the U.S. If true, can this really be the man the U.S. wants back in power?
Foreign Minister Enrique Ortez dropped a bombshell last week when he said Zelaya, the president who was thrown out by a constitutional process June 28 after defying the law, had a little side business with the Caracas caudillo allowing cocaine to roll into Honduras from Venezuela before heading to the U.S.
“Every night, three or four Venezuelan-registered planes land without the permission of appropriate authorities and bring thousands of pounds … and packages of money that are the fruit of drug trafficking,” Ortez told CNN En Espanol. “We have proof of all of this. Neighboring governments have it.
The DEA has it.”
If Ortiz is right, the U.S. effort to restore Zelaya to power would be suicidal for U.S. efforts to destroy drug organizations south of our border. It would undercut Mexico’s and Colombia’s savage drug wars and give drug lords such as the Sinaloa cartel’s Shorty Guzman, who has bases in Honduras, reason to strengthen operations.
It also means the U.S. must start asking questions about Chavez’s role in the drug trade now that U.S.-Venezuelan diplomatic ties are being restored. Right now, it’s such a hot potato that nobody in either the State Department or the Drug Enforcement Administration wants to comment on it.”
Zelaya had called for drug legalization.
One must wonder if there is some link to the Obama Administration’s characterization of the removal of Zelaya as a coup and the fact that comrade Manuel wanted to end the drug war.
A better question is, is there a benefit to the leftist of the Obama Administration from the violence that has since erupted in the drug trade in Central America?
Bear in mind, it is this violence which is driving the explosive invasion of illegal aliens along the southern border of the United States.
The Administration recently introduced a softer, gentler anti-drug program