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Manuel Zelaya, a corrupt thug with close ties to organized crime, tried to seize totalitarian control of our ally Honduras, with the apparent goal of reducing it to a communist police state in the orbit of Cuba and Venezuela. Appallingly, despite America's long history of supporting freedom, Zelaya's fellow leftists in our government backed him â€” including Comrade Obama himself (see here and here and here). Now that WikiLeaked cables have been distributed far and wide, we can take a peek behind the diplomatic scenes.
Here's what the US Ambassador to Honduras Charles Ford had to say in May 2008:
"The last year and a half of the [President Manuel] Zelaya Administration will be, in my view, extraordinarily difficult for our bilateral relationship. His pursuit of immunity from the numerous activities of organized crime carried out in his administration will cause him to threaten the rule of law and institutional stability."
More from Ambassador Ford:
"Ever the rebellious teenager, Zelaya's principal goal in office is to enrich himself and his family while leaving a public legacy as a martyr who tried to do good but was thwarted at every turn by powerful, unnamed interests."
Though Mr. Zelaya can be "gracious and charming," wrote Mr. Ford, "there also exists a sinister Zelaya, surrounded by a few close advisors with ties to both Venezuela and Cuba and organized crime." He eerily observed what Zelaya opponents would repeatedly allege privately in the year to come: "Due to his close association with persons believed to be involved with international organized crime," the president could not be trusted. "I am unable to brief Zelaya on sensitive law enforcement and counter-narcotics actions due [to] my concern that this would put the lives of U.S. officials in jeopardy."
The insightful diplomat also recognized Mr. Zelaya's disdain for other institutions. He "resents the very existence of the Congress, the Attorney General and Supreme Court."
Zelaya resented these other institutions so much, he tried to pull off a coup that would leave him in complete control. Democracy held firm â€” despite Obama's full throated support for Zelaya. Here's how the WSJ explains it:
Practically speaking, Hugo ChÃ¡vez was the man to please. After a decade in power, the president of Venezuela's influence around the region was notable. George W. Bush had clashed with him. Barack Obama was out to prove that they could get along, as evidenced by the warm handshake at the Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain in April 2009.
Honduras offered a bonding opportunity. Mr. Zelaya was a protÃ©gÃ© of Mr. ChÃ¡vez. Standing up for him as democratically elected was a way to score points with Latin America's hard left.
A shorter explanation: the bad guys now control American foreign policy.
How long before anyone trusts America again? http://rightwingnews.com/2010/12/why-our-government-backed-communist-coup-against-democratic-ally/