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SuperTrouper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:57 PM
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U.S. drops call to restore ousted Honduran leader; Mexico expedites Zelaya's Exit from its Territory
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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- The Obama administration has backed away from its call to restore ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to power and instead put the onus on him for taking "provocative actions" that polarized his country and led to his overthrow on June 28.

The new position was contained in a letter this week to Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., that also rejected calls by some of Zelaya's backers to impose harsh economic sanctions against Honduras.

While condemning the coup, the letter pointedly failed to call for Zelaya's return. "Our policy and strategy for engagement is not based on supporting any particular politician or individual," said the letter to Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The new U.S. position is likely to undercut diplomatic efforts to bring about Zelaya's return, analysts said.
While condemning the overthrow of Zelaya and his pre-dawn expulsion, the Aug. 4 letter said that Zelaya, who's allied with Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, was largely to blame for his plight.

"We also recognize that President Zelaya's insistence on undertaking provocative actions contributed to the polarization of Honduran society and led to a confrontation that unleashed the events that led to his removal," said the letter, signed by Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs Richard Verma.

"I think this could open the door for an alternative option as president," said Jorge Yllesca, a political consultant based in Honduras, meaning that interim President Roberto Micheletti might try to end the political crisis by stepping aside, not for Zelaya but for the president of the Congress or the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/world/AP/story/1175112....

Meanwhile, in Mexico, President Felipe Calderon and the Mexican Congress were furious with ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya for screaming in a conference of failed leftist Mexican Presidential candidate Lopez Obrador that "it is better to feel like the President instead of being one". This statement opened a major wound in the Mexican political system because Lopez Obrador (PRD Party) accused Felipe Calderon (P.A.N. Party) of stealing the 2006 election, won by Calderon by about one-half percent of the vote.
The Mexican State Department ordered Zelaya to expedite his exit from their country to continue on his Latin American Diplomatic tour and was escorted to the airport without allowing him to talk to the Press who wanted him to clarify his position about Lopez Obrador.

Excerpt;Translated by Google (and me)
Manuel Zelaya came to a glass door that separated him from the press. He wanted to make statements, to say goodbye. The Presidential General Staff, who works directly for the chief executive of Mexico, did not allow it. With signs, he was seen thorugh the crystals, intimated to reporters that he would go to the main door to dialogue, but the security staff did not allow him once again. And so, in silence, half with the tail between the legs and no more gestures, he left the country. Before his departure, the deposed President of Honduras spoke with Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Patricia Espinosa, to deny he had supported "a former presidential candidate." "He dismissed the statements of how," said Mexican diplomacy in a statement. On Wednesday he said, referring to Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador, who "sometimes it is better to feel like a President than being one," after being invited to Mexico for two days by President Felipe Caldern. Zelaya, is recognized by Mexico as the head of the government of Honduras, but he could be accused of interference because of what he said. Is recorded everywhere. Zelaya was being accused of involvement in internal affairs of the country. But he was shown the door to leave, and a crystal door to boot....
http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/columnas/79475.html
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:59 PM
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1. I'm really hoping this is a bad translation and that Obama isn't backing
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 09:00 PM by EFerrari
Chiquita over the president who was ousted for raising the minimum wage.

ETA: Wait -- this is the Miami Herald.

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SuperTrouper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:04 PM
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3. I think that Obama is indeed backing away. Zelaya was pushing for more tougher sanctions
against Micheletti but the U.S. has declined to do so and has stated that they will keep their distance from this affair. Mexico is likely to back away, too, and the OAS's Secretary Insulza said today that his delegation to Honduras is not to "impose" conditions but to see if there are any compromises that may be reached in the San Jose Accord. I think that Roberto Micheletti will step down to allow the President of the Congress, Jose Alfredo Saavedra, to take over as interim Honduras Presdient and will not allow Zelaya to return as Presdient, ever. All the signs are pointing this way, no Micheletti and no Zelaya.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:35 PM
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11. Obama doesn't have to move very far.
He's still training Hondurans at the School of the Americas and he didn't cut off all military aid and his government, unlike the majority of democracies in this hemisphere, has been dancing around the term "coup" because using that term triggers consequences.

That the coupsters are being represented by Hillary Clinton's PR apparatus in the person of Lanny Davis, pretty much has drained all the "hope you can believe in" out of this situation.

I can tell you this: Obama's behavior in respect to Honduras is a crushing disappointment to Latinos here and south that supported his candidacy.

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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:02 PM
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2. LOL! This article is by propagandist Tyler Bridges.
lol

:rofl:
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SuperTrouper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:05 PM
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4. I wonder if he is under Ros Lehtinen and Diaz Balart's influence..nt
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:25 PM
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9. I don't know as much as many posters here know about Latin America
but Bridges is notorious -- and his spin is not in service of our president.

http://incakolanews.blogspot.com/2009/06/tyler-bridges-...
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Orwellian_Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:09 PM
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5. Do you think
that such an admission (or Omission) can be translated to mean that the Obama administration supports the coup?
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SuperTrouper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:21 PM
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7. No, the Obama Administration does not support the coup, but they are not happy
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 09:26 PM by SuperTrouper
with Zelaya's provocative moves since he was deposed. Furthermore, Zelaya is now implying that Obama is "weak and lukewarm" and that the OAS is "losing prestige" by sending six Chancellors to Honduras to "discuss" and not "impose" the restitution of Zelaya to power. Today, the OAS said that "Zelaya's return is not on the agenda" in the Tegucigalpa meetings.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-carlsen/zelaya-tell...
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Orwellian_Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:25 PM
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8. Curious
What actions have been taken by the Obama administration to show their dissent with the coup?
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SuperTrouper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:34 PM
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10. Here are a few actions:
Hillary meets Zelayahttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20090706T220000-0500_...

Obama wants Zelaya to return to power http://blog.taragana.com/n/obama-supports-return-of-zel... /

Obama: Honduran coup not legal http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/29/politics/main...

US revokes visas of members of defacto government http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-hon...

US puts Hondurasd aid on hold after coup http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-07-02-voa60.cfm

And Hillary came with the idea for the San Jose Meetings with Presdient Arias...
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:38 PM
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12. Hillary Clinton's PR guy is representing the coup
:shrug:
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SuperTrouper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:41 PM
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13. I think that Secretary Clinton has been totally fair in this deal,
she has a lot on her plate and indeed has been quite good on the Honduran coup... ;)
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:43 PM
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14. Can you point to something?
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:17 PM
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6. Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs Richard Verma
I suspect this guy created a letter that Sen. Lugar requested. I doubt seriously that he makes foreign policy for the United States of America.
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