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The United States of America’s Bad Neighbor Policy. by The Elephant's Child
August 31, 2009, 12:25 am
Filed under: Developing Nations, Foreign Policy, Latin America, Socialism | Tags: , ,

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The U.S. State Department staff have recommended that the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya be determined to be a “military coup.”  Last week the Obama-style Good Neighbor Policy announced that visa services for Honduran are suspended indefinitely, and that some $135 million in bilateral aid might be rescinded.

To recap a little recent history, Honduras has been quite aware of the tendency in Latin America for Presidents to suddenly get the ambition to convert their tenure into a more rewarding lifelong term.  Observing this, the Honduran people wrote into their Constitution, Article 249, which states that any president who tries for a second term automatically loses the privilege of his office.  Mr. Zelaya did attempt to secure a longer term with the help of his buddy Hugo Chavez (who has already declared himself Dictator for life), and the Supreme Court of Honduras ordered the Army to evict Mr. Zelaya from the country.

Back home, things have not been going well for President Obama. His approval ratings are tanking—according To Rasmussen, 42 percent strongly disapprove of his job performance, while only 32 percent strongly approve.  His SEIU thugs, ordered to be approving attendees at ObamaCare town halls, have been a little thuggish and exceeded their instructions.

The British released the Lockerbie bomber in return for an oil agreement with Libya, ignoring American concerns. Obama’s budget management has proved to be ephemeral, and the Congressional Budget Office says spending will reach 23 percent of GDP without the health care plan or the Waxman-Markey climate bill.

So with things going so badly, Mr. Obama doesn’t need another loss, particularly from a small Central American country that dares to defy  imperial orders from Washington.  Behind the scenes, the State Department has been putting intense pressure on Honduras to return Mr. Zelaya to power.  Mary O’Grady of the Wall Street Journal says:

Mr. Obama apparently wants in on this leftie-fest.  He ran for president, in essence, against George W. Bush. Mr Bush was unpopular in socialist circles.  This administration wants to show that it can be cool with Mr. Chavez and friends.

There have been reports that U.S. officials have been calling Latin governments to demand that they support the U.S. position.  Prominent Hondurans complain that a State Department official has been pressuring the interim government to accept the return of Mr. Zelaya to power.  So in effect they are demanding that Honduras ignore their constitution and follow U.S. orders.  Threatening to use all U.S. power against a small, poor Latin Democracy is not exactly a way to be “cool.”

But then promoting Democracy doesn’t seem to be on President Obama’s agenda.

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When a democratically elected president consults the electorate about an isue he is asking the electorate, in what direction do you want me to take you?. That seems like related to “freedom and democracy, don’t you think?
Probably that is why a US administration based on integrity, and intelligence, is doing what is correct.


Comment by Felix Alicea-Gonzalez

lol. Felix, that you actually think this administration, populated by tax-cheats, Clinton retreads, and other scofflaws that hails from THE most corrupt political machine in America, the Chicago thugocracy, has any integrity whatsoever draws your intelligence into question.

Obama promised a net-spending cut. He has spent more than every other president in American history combined. He promised not to raise taxes on anyone making less than 200,000, he has already broken that promise by drastically raising taxes on smokers, most of whom are poor, and he still hasnt paid for any of his trillions in spending, and he still wants to spend trillions more. There isnt an economist alive that wont tell you that Obama HAS to drastically raise taxes on EVERYONE to pay for the reckless, Marxist, anti-American spending he has forced on the American people.

And for WHAT??? The stimulus hasn’t done a damn thing. Unemployment is increasing, and non-partisan reports predict it will continue to increase throughout all of next year. He lies that his health care bill will make health care more affordable, the non-partisan CBO says it will make it cost more. He simply wants government to seize that industry. He is on video tape admitting as much. And yet he continues to lie to the American people. Which is why his approval rating is now at 47% and falling, and his disapproval rating is at 53% and climbing.

Your supposedly “intelligent” teleprompter president has spent more money than all the governments before him combined, and hasn’t created ANY jobs, or ANY growth. Obama lies more in one day than President Bush did in eight years.

But he has lined the pockets of his corrupt supporters …ACORN, the Unions, etc, with hundreds of billions of dollars that you, and I, and all of our children and grandchildren, and great grand children will have to pay for.

That isnt intelligence, that isnt integrity. That is THE most corrupt president in our nations history.

And we tried to warn you! When his good friend, convicted felon Tony Rezko got Obama a deal on his mansion, well under market value, we tried to warn you. When Michelle got a $300,000 raise just because her husband got elected to the senate, and her employer later got millions in earmarks from her husband we tried to warn you. When Obama removed all the security software from his campaign website that prevented people from making illegal campaign contributions, we tried to warn you. When he tried to use his lawyers to intimidate people who were criticizing him, we warned you. When he got a corrupt Chicago judge to unseal the divorce records of his first two opponents we warned you. When he nominated his first tax cheat, we warned you. When he nominated his dozenth tax cheat, we warned you. When he spent a trillion dollars on his major campaign contributors and called it a ‘stimulus’ we warned you. When he had his Justice Department throw out a criminal case that was already won, because it was against his campaign supporters, we warned you….and on and on and on and on

The ex-president of Honduras violated that country’s Constitution several times by trying to seize permanent power several times. He was legally removed by that nation’s Supreme Court and congress. There was NOTHING Democratic or free about him. Like Obama, he is a communist trying to overthrow freedom, not support it.


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