"He can no longer return to the presidency of the republic unless a president from another Latin American country comes and imposes him using guns."
So spoken by new established President of Honduras….Roberto Micheletti.
So for those who haven’t paid much attention to Honduras over the past thirty years….generally, when a Honduran says guns are involved….it’s the end of the discussion. If you go to Honduras….every male over the age of eighteen tends to have a rifle and people tend to carry weapons with them in the truck, the car or on horseback.
I sat and watched the former President….give his speech at the UN yesterday. Former President Manuel Zelaya, who was kicked out of the country just a couple of days ago gave a fine speech. There were various curious parts about it that I felt he lessen the truthfulness about what was going on.
Manuel never mentioned that he had a 30 percent approval rating within the country as of a month ago.
He didn’t mention that the Honduran constitution laid out how changes would take place, and a popular vote by voters was not the accepted fashion.
He failed to mention that when he wanted to ballots made for this illegal vote, he had to go to Venezuela to have them printed.
He did mention that he ordered the military to carry out his illegal ballot distribution but their head said “no” and was immediately fired for insubordination.
He didn’t want to explain how the Honduran Supreme Court was involved in this entire effort and at the end…told him that his efforts didn’t meet the constitutional requirements for change.
He didn’t want to mention that a majority of his supporting party had issues with the way he was handling this.
It was a pretty good speech that he gave at the UN…..except he left a lot of stuff out and probably looked more like a third world dictator chatting on TV than a real Honduran President.
How was this entire event supposed to end? Well….at some point, an extra 2,000 ballots here, and an extra 10,000 ballots there….would have popped up. So if seventy percent of the voting public would have voted “no”….the end result would have been “yes” anyway. That was the reason for Venezuelan printing. They likely published an extra three or four million ballots….to make sure things go right.
This is a great script for a movie….”How I Became a Banana Republic Dictator”. With barely 30 percent of the public approving of you….then trumping the Supreme Court, the military, and your own party…..to let some other dimwit dictator help you get to be dictator of your own republic (naturally voted in). Toss in some dimwitted US Honduras relationship Czar, a CNN reporter, a couple of UN kingpins, and it’s a great Woody Allen movie.
The curious thing about this whole episode….is that CNN keeps repeating the same seven facts over the own episode. The CNN “truth”? (1) It was a military coup, (2) It was illegal, (3) The people are uprising against the coup, with massive street riots, (4) The UN is siding with the people, (5) The ballot measures were totally legal, (6) The new president is hated by an overwhelming majority of the public, and (7) President Obama is putting pressure on the illegal government.
If you listen carefully, CNN will never mention the word “Constitution”. They also won’t mention that the ballots in question were printed in Venezuela…which ought to make you laugh and wonder why you need to import ballots. CNN also won’t mention massive disapproval rating that the guy had before he was told to leave.
I would advise the CNN crew to either grow up and get a brain….or just stick with global warming….because in foreign affairs….they are mostly losers.