Does this sound like arrogance?
MR. CROWLEY: She [Secretary Clinton] did not have to reach that decision to take the action that she took today. As to what Micheletti [Honduran interim President] takes from this, clearly, this is going to have an impact on the Honduran de facto regime. It's going to have an impact on those who have supported the coup. And our hope is that as they see the seriousness of purpose, and as they also see that, at this point in time, there"s no way out of this—they, we believe, had the judgment that if they just get to an election—to election day, that this would absolve them of the actions they've taken. And we're saying that based on conditions as they currently exist, we cannot recognize the results of this election. So for the de facto regime, they~Rre now in a box and they will have to sign on to the San Jose Accords to get out of the box that they're in.It does to me and it is our State Department talking.
Then there is this in the news item someone sent me:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is welcoming the United States' decision to cut millions of dollars in aid to Honduras.Sure, President Hugo Chavez, who is a modern day Salazar, likes the idea of the US Government taking action against a nation where the Supreme Court and the Legislature acted against a President who was violating the Constitution—conducting his own coup, so to speak.♦
Chavez says "it's about time" Washington took action against the government that has been in charge in Honduras since a June 28 coup ousted his ally, President Manuel Zelaya.
U.S. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly announced the decision to cut more than $31 million in non-humanitarian assistance on Thursday.
Kelly added that the U.S. would not recognize the results of Honduras' upcoming presidential elections under current conditions.♥
Here is a comment by an anonymous author:♠
Apparently we can deal with a government that, by our own definition, is guilty of genocide, while at the same time punishing others for "threatening democracy." By the way, al-Beshir took over in Sudan after a Muslim Brotherhood coup. In Honduras, at least, those who removed Zelaya were pro-U.S.Little nations in our neighborhood get beat up if they won't toe the line, but big nations elsewhere, who we can't beat up, get to do as they like. This makes us sound like the neighborhood bully.
Regards — Cliff
♠ That is the agreement. But, I certify the person knows of what they speak.
♥ Attributed to the AP, but I can't find the original on line. Now that I think of it, they owe me an EMail.
♦ My understanding is the Constitution of Honduras has no provision for impeachment. At least that is one of the older kids told me.