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  •  No more backing of Honduran coups; oh wait that (1+ / 0-)
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    Enzo Valenzetti

    was Obama and Clinton  
    Bahrain? Does our quietude match this committment? What about Ecuador? Any US involvement there?

    Before that during Bush - Haiti 2004 coup
                                             Bolivia 2008 attempted coup

    The third lesson concerns our country's democratic convictions, which must be complemented by an unequivocal commitment to never again prop up autocrats like Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi. These conflict zones, rife with undemocratic rulers supported in the past by the United States, deserve all spectrum of democratic support going forward. Democracy takes time, can't be imposed at the point of a gun and won't manifest immediately. Quick remedies won't work, but quiet and patient support might. This means no more U.S.-backing of rulers like Libya's Col. Gaddafi, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak or Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh.

    Hopefully, we are inching in this direction; Honduras was a step back though, and ignoring Bahrain's bloody reprisals with Saudi help is not the proposed policy.

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