Thursday, July 2, 2009

Obama's Fiends, Er, I Mean Friends

Having flatly stated that he doesn’t believe in meddling in the affairs of other countries, Obama has pulled a 180 when it comes to the affairs of Honduras. Professor Jacobson:

While Obama improves relations with Venezuela, Obama has cut military ties to Honduras, is considering a cut-off of all aid, is doing nothing to stop loan suspensions by international organizations over which the U.S. has substantial influence, and is supporting international efforts to isolate Honduras.

Poor and tiny Honduras faces the full wrath of the United States, United Nations, and much of the rest of the world, while nothing is done about Iran. On Iran, Obama and the world acted with the utmost deference, and there were no efforts by the Obama administration at international action. None.

The Administration has justified its actions by keeping the word “coup” in play. Edward Luttwak says: “A coup consists of the infiltration of a small, but critical, segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder”. By this definition the events in Honduras certainly were not a coup. But Obama is interested in the definition, he uses the word for its emotional impact and the imagery conjured by it.

For those who prefer facts to emotional trickery Fausta's should be the first stop.

Noteworthy reading: Honduras Under The Bus and Obama Allies Rally With Ousted Honduran Leftist Zelaya

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