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  •  Use the same tools we're using to punish... (0+ / 0-)

    Ecuador for allowing Julian Assange to live in their embassy?

    Or use basic diplomatic pressure like....

    Step 1: You describe the military action...
    as a 'coup.''s true and echoes the sentiments of every gov't in South America. Call a coup a coup.

    Step 2: When reporters ask you what should happen You say the 'coup' should be undone. And the people's elected leader ought to be returned to power.

    And the US has a ton of leverage over Honduras as well as the leaders of the coup, individually and collectively.
    -Describe the gov't as illegitimate
    -Refuse to recognize the usurpers
    -Withdraw our ambassador
    -Cut off aid
    -Freeze foreign accounts of individuals responsible; ban them and their families from travel to US

    That's just a start.
    We throw our weight around all the time. Why not in Honduras?

    •  Does that get Zelaya back in power in time... (0+ / 0-)

      before his term ends, and the Constitution renders him illegible to serve and President?

      Not particularly likely.

      Oh, btw, the administration did describe it as a coup, repeatedly, throughout the episode, as well as called for Zelaya's restoration.

      (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday the coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was illegal and would set a "terrible precedent" of transition by military force unless it was reversed.

      "We believe that the coup was not legal and that President Zelaya remains the president of Honduras, the democratically elected president there," Obama told reporters after an Oval Office meeting with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe...Obama said he would work with the Organization of American States and other international institutions to restore Zelaya to power and "see if we can resolve this in a peaceful way.

      I want you to think about this for a minute: the core factorial claim behind your angry, bitter denunciations has just been shown to be false. An honest person would respond to this situation by doing something other than doubling down, or finding some weasel words to explain why they aren't really wrong.

      Are you an honest person?

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 12:24:27 PM PDT

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      •  If you had a shred of honesty... (0+ / 0-)

        You would've posted SoS Clinton's clarification---from your own fucking link--- that the administration was not, in fact, classifying Zelaya's ouster as a coup.

        Despite Obama's comments, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the administration was not formally designating the ouster as a military coup for now, a step that would force a cut-off of most U.S. aid to Honduras.
        The WH looked the other way and while running out the clock on Zelaya's term. While giving appearances that they were upset.

        That silence was deafening.
        And their protestations disingenuous.

        But you know that.

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