Roger L. Simon

Obama administration backs Zelaya as PJTV heads for Honduras

PJTV is sending filmmaker Chris Burgard (“Border“) to Honduras just as the Obama administration seems to be more fully backing Manuel Zelaya. Hillary Clinton meets the ousted Honduran president tomorrow in Washington DC.

Conflicting though reports may be, it’s certainly odd – or, on second thought, may be not that odd – that the current administration seems much more eager to jump on the Zelaya bandwagon (con sus amigos Chavez y Ortega) than they were to back the Iranian demonstrators – all this even though, as the WSJ points out: Mr. Zelaya’s violations of the rule of law in recent months were numerous. But the tipping point came 10 days ago, when he led a violent mob that stormed a military base to seize and distribute Venezuelan-printed ballots for an illegal referendum.

Nevertheless, our administration of “democracy” – or at least their definition of it. Burgard heads out tomorrow as well to cover the story for PJTV. As always, we’ll try to look in corners the mainstream media seems to ignore or avoid.

As per the suggestion below, here is the first graph of the Wikipedia entry on the Honduran coup and its reasons. I cannot speak for its accuracy: The 2009 Honduran coup d’état or 2009 Honduran political crisis began on June 28, 2009, after President Manuel Zelaya decreed a referendum be held on drafting a new constitution the previous March. Zelaya’s referendum was ruled illegal by Honduras’ Supreme Court, attorney general, top electoral body, and human-rights ombudsman.[1] Zelaya nonetheless directed the Army Chief to distribute ballots in accordance with its role of assisting the Government of Honduras in conducting elections. After Army chief Romeo Vásquez Velásquez refused to distribute the ballots, Zelaya dismissed him from office; the dismissal was ruled illegal by courts and the Parliament. A detention order, signed June 26 by a Supreme Court judge, ordered the armed forces to detain the president, identified by his full name of José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, at his home in the Tres Caminos area of the capital. It cited him for treason and abuse of authority, among other charges.[2] On June 28, 2009, shortly before polls were due to open, Honduran military forces seized Zelaya, and forced him into exile.[3]

To be continued, as they say.

UPDATE: Fauxtography in Honduras. (Yes, it’s Reuters again.)