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John Poet

(2,510 posts)
Fri Mar 11, 2016, 12:31 AM Mar 2016

Hillary's Role In The Honduras Killing Field (Consortiumnews.com)

By Dennis J Bernstein

An apparent resurgence of death-squad violence in Honduras, including the March 3 murder of prominent Honduran indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres, is a harsh reminder of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s role in defending a 2009 coup that ousted leftist President Manuel Zelaya and cleared the way for the restoration of right-wing rule in the impoverished Central American nation.

Caceres, the recent winner of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, was murdered in her hometown of La Esperenza, Intibucá, in the highlands near the Salvadoran border. Her good friend and close associate, Gustavo Castro, was shot twice but survived the assassination and is now being held against his will by the Honduran Government.


When the Honduran military removed Zelaya from power, the international community – including the United Nations, the Organization of American States and the European Union – condemned the coup and sought Zelaya’s restoration. But Secretary of State Clinton allied herself with right-wing Republicans in Congress who justified Zelaya’s removal because of his cordial relations with Venezuela’s leftist President Hugo Chavez.

In her memoir, Hard Choices, Clinton took credit for preventing Zelaya from returning to Honduras, as if it were a major victory for democracy instead the beginning of a new era of death-squad violence and repression in Honduras.

“We strategized on a plan to restore order in Honduras,” Clinton wrote, “and ensure that free and fair elections could be held quickly and legitimately, which would render the question of Zelaya moot.” In other words, rather than support the right of the elected president to serve out his term, Clinton allowed his illegal ouster to lead to an interim right-wing regime followed by elections that the Honduran oligarchs could again dominate.

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(3,089 posts)
2. Hillary is often criticized for over using "I" But when she uses "we" folks tend to make it "I"
Fri Mar 11, 2016, 07:11 AM
Mar 2016

Such is the case of SOS who is serving her President well. Laying aside the fact that a SOS is in place to not make policy but to carry out the policies of the President everything we don't like about foreign policy is her fault and her fault alone. This is what is so disgusting about the attacks from BS supporters and all the rest who seem to fail to be real about how our government works.



(17,751 posts)
4. The article soft-pedals her role.
Fri Mar 11, 2016, 11:26 AM
Mar 2016

Who arranged for/ approved a US transport plane to be on standby on the US military base in Honduras that flew the kidnapped Zelaya to another US military base in Panama?

Anyone really think that happens w/o Dept of State - and possibly the POTUS - top approval?


(55,745 posts)
5. US Contribution to Death of Honduran Activist Goes Unmentioned in US Coverage
Fri Mar 11, 2016, 01:17 PM
Mar 2016

This news you should know BEFORE the election is MIA from da Corporate Owned News.

As Greg Grandin at The Nation explains:

Cáceres was a vocal and brave indigenous leader, an opponent of the 2009 Honduran coup that Hillary Clinton, as secretary of State, made possible. In The Nation, Dana Frank and I covered that coup as it unfolded. Later, as Clinton’s emails were released, others, such as Robert Naiman, Mark Weisbrot and Alex Main, revealed the central role she played in undercutting Manuel Zelaya, the deposed president, and undercutting the opposition movement demanding his restoration. In so doing, Clinton allied with the worst sectors of Honduran society. -- This photo of Honduran environmental activist Berta Caceres accompanied The Nation‘s expose of the US role in her death. (image: Goldman Environmental Prize)

US Contribution to Death of Honduran Activist Goes Unmentioned in US Coverage

By Adam Johnson
Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting/FAIR.org, March 4, 2016


The Honduran military abducted President Manuel Zelaya at gunpoint and flew him out of the country on June 28, 2009. While the coup unfolded before the international community, the United Nations, the EU and the Organization of American States rushed to condemn it. Fifteen House Democrats joined in, sending a letter to the Obama White House insisting that the State Department “fully acknowledge that a military coup has taken place and…follow through with the total suspension of non-humanitarian aid, as required by law.”

But Clinton’s State Department staunchly refused to do so, bucking the international community and implicitly recognizing the military takeover. Emails revealed last year by the State Department show that Clinton knew very well there was a military coup, but rejected cries by the international community to condemn it. As The Intercept’s Lee Fang reported, Clinton attempted to use her lobbyist friend Lanny Davis to open up back channels with Roberto Micheletti, the illegitimate interim ruler installed after the coup, effectively endorsing the new right-wing government that would go on to crack down on Cáceres and others activists.

In her memoirs, Clinton herself discloses she had no intention on restoring the elected President Zelaya to power. “In the subsequent days [after the coup] I spoke with my counterparts around the hemisphere, including Secretary Espinosa in Mexico. We strategized on a plan to restore order in Honduras,” Clinton wrote, “and ensure that free and fair elections could be held quickly and legitimately, which would render the question of Zelaya moot.”

On September 28, State Department officials blocked the OAS from adopting a resolution that would have refused to recognize Honduran elections carried out under the dictatorship—giving the US’s final seal of approval to the military coup that began three months prior.

One wouldn’t know any of this reading US reports of Cáceres’ death. The coup, and its subsequent purging of environmental, LGBT and indigenous activists, is treated as an entirely local matter, reduced to the “cycle of violence” cliche often employed with destructive governments the United States helped usher into power.



Ha ha. It is to laugh at fascism.


(1,748 posts)
11. Yes, American "real democrats" couldn't possibly give a shit.
Wed Mar 16, 2016, 03:51 PM
Mar 2016

That much is obvious by her strong support among party zealots.


John Poet

(2,510 posts)
13. Only American lives matter, is that it?
Wed Mar 16, 2016, 05:13 PM
Mar 2016

That her supporters would MOCK the blood that's on her hands in Honduras is eye opening.

Thank you for posting.


John Poet

(2,510 posts)
14. Mena airport, I recall reading something about that somewhere.
Wed Mar 16, 2016, 05:17 PM
Mar 2016

Wasn't that the airport that the Bush brothers would fly in and out of, meeting up with one of their good pals in-between trips, while they were running cocaine into the US?

Is that the one?



(9,289 posts)
18. and then she wanted refugee children sent back to "send a message"
Thu Mar 17, 2016, 06:35 AM
Mar 2016

and she wanted them sent back even though she conceded that they would be safer here.

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