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Sept. 27, 2009
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Obama is wrong on Chavez wannabe
As I write this column, Manuel Zelaya, the Hugo Chavez wannabe who the
Obama administration wants to install as president of Honduras over the
objections of the overwhelming majority of its people is holed up in the
Brazilian embassy in Tegucigulpa.
In an interview with the Miami Herald published Thursday, Mr. Zelaya
claimed he is being tortured by "Israeli mercenaries" who are attacking
him with radiation beamed through the embassy's walls.
Mr. Zelaya sounds as if he is a few tacos short of a combination plate.
His bizarre statements make President Obama's support for him all the
more puzzling and despicable.
Mr. Zelaya was elected president of Honduras in 2005, and wanted to
serve a second term. But the Honduran constitution permits the
president to serve only a single term.
Mr. Zelaya thought he had a way around that. He'd hold a referendum on
changing the constitution. But referenda to change the constitution may
be proposed only by a two-thirds vote of the Honduran Congress. The
Attorney General ruled Mr. Zelaya's proposed plebiscite illegal, and the
Honduran Congress voted to bar the printing of ballots for it.
So Mr. Zelaya had ballots printed in Venezuela, but these were seized
when they were brought into Honduras. The crisis reached its head June
25 when Mr. Zelaya organized a mob to take the ballots from where they
were stored on a military base. The Attorney General asked the Supreme
Court for a warrant to arrest the president on a charge of treason,
which a unanimous Supreme Court granted.
The Army executed the warrant the morning of June 28, and the Honduran
Congress voted 122-6 to approve the arrest. Roberto Micheletti was
selected by Congress to replace Mr. Zelaya until a new president is
elected Nov. 29.
But the Army made a mistake. Instead of jailing Mr. Zelaya pending a
trial for treason, the Army put him on a plane to Costa Rica. This is
what prompted erroneous reports he had been ousted in a coup.
It was no coup, our Congressional Research Service said in a recent
analysis. The Army was acting on a warrant issued by the Supreme Court
at the request of the Attorney General, which was supported by an
overwhelming majority of the Honduran Congress. The Army immediately
turned power over to a civilian selected in a constitutionally approved
manner. It was Mr. Zelaya who had attempted the coup.
President Obama has joined Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez into trying
to bully Honduras into restoring Mr. Zelaya to power. The president has
imposed economic sanctions on the tiny democracy a step he is only
now contemplating with regard to Iran and though the administration
has granted a visa to a Burmese mass murderer, the State Department is
denying visas to Honduran democrats. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
has said that even if the elections Nov. 29 are free and fair (as
everyone expects them to be) the U.S. will not recognize the victor.
With Mr. Zelaya back in Honduras inciting violence (but attracting only
a few thousand supporters in a country of 7.5 million) and making
asinine statements that call his sanity into question, the sanity of
U.S. policy toward Honduras is ever more sharply being called into
The reputation among his supporters that Barack Obama has for being a
really, really smart guy is based chiefly on the first of his two
autobiographies, "Dreams From My Father," published in 1995, which
admirers and critics of Mr. Obama agree is beautifully written.
I received a lot of hate mail last fall when I wrote a column about Jack
Cashill's suspicions that Mr. Obama received substantial help in writing
the book from former Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers, a neighbor in
Chicago's Hyde Park.
In his new book, "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American
Marriage," celebrity journalist Christopher Andersen writes that at
Michelle's urging, Barack did solicit help from Mr. Ayers.
"In the end, Ayers' contributions to Barack's Dreams From My Father
would be significant," Mr. Anderson said, "so much so that the book's
language, oddly specific references, literary devices and themes would
bear a jarring similarity to Ayers' own writing."
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