It’s hard to know if the situation in Honduras is as dire as reports indicate. Apparently the Obama administration is on the verge of winning in Honduras by forcing the constitutional authorities — the legislature, the courts, the interim government — to allow back into power the Hugo Chavez wannabe and puppet, Manuel Zelaya.
This from the NY Times, on the pressures which have resulted in a proposal which would return Zelaya to power:
Stung by the loss of their American visas and concerned about Honduras’s increasing international isolation, the country’s leading businessmen have put forward their own plan to resolve the political crisis here….
The United States has stepped up sanctions in stages in an effort to press the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti to negotiate with Mr. Zelaya. After initially suspending military aid and then some economic aid, the United States said in early September that it would revoke visas to members of the de facto government and their supporters.
As I have said before, I hope Obama fails in Honduras with his disreputable, dishonest, and disingenuous policy. If only Obama were one-tenth as tough with our enemies as he is with our friends.
But maybe I have it backwards, because maybe those most Americans consider our enemies — like Chavez — are actually viewed by Obama as our friends. I guess it all depends on what the meaning of “friend” is.
Please hang on Honduras. It’s not just about you anymore.