Friday, July 17, 2009

More rumors of Zelaya's return

Hugo Chávez claims that Mel Zelaya will be back in Honduras "in the coming hours." For whatever reason, Reuters did not include the full quote, which referred to the coup supporters as gorillas.

Chávez says crazy things off the cuff all the time, especially since he seems never to stop talking, but since people close to Zelaya have already said he is coming back, it may well be true.


leftside 1:51 PM  

Sorry, but I could not help but be floored by the conclusions in this Rueters "analysis" piece:

...U.S. President Barack Obama was praised for his quick actions to condemn the military coup.
The Obama administration quickly called the ouster of Zelaya illegal, demanded his reinstatement, cut off military aid and left negotiations to a respected Latin American leader, Costa Rican President Oscar Arias.

What alternative universe have they created? First off, the Adminstratio's initial statement was absolutely terrible. It stood out as completely alone in the world in NOT explicitly condemning the coup. In fact, as Weisbrot pointed out, the statement did not even have a bad word to say about it or the coup leaders. Later, Obama did issue a strong statement calling it a coup and demanding reinstatement. But as soon as that happened, other officials and Hillary herself, contradicted this line. Clinton refused point blank at least two opportunities to demand Zelaya's return. She punted on that most essential and basic question, that the OAS, UN and entire world had already agreed upon. She wouldn't even classify the coup as a coup. Then you have the comments from US advisors like Davidow saying that what Zelaya wanted to do (consult with his people) was actually worse than a coup d'etat. Talk about helping the golpistas!

And cutting off military aid?? No, that would have meant stopping the training of Honduran military officials, which is going on today as normal at the infamous School of the Americas. There is also still contacts between the militaries at Soto Cano.

And to say that negotiations were left to Arias obscures the point that the US pushed for that direction and are very much involved. Not to mention that 2 Clinton buddies are basically doing the "negotiation" on behalf of the golpistas...

I think Latin leaders (besides Chavez and Castro) have been biting their tongue a bit in being critical of the US stance, but I have little doubt that none of this (and much more) has gone unnoticed. This supposed universal "praising" of Obama has not occured and will turn into open disdain, unless things change quickly.

Slave Revolt,  2:08 PM  

Leftside--after decades of state/corporate propaganda directed against the demos, the people, I would be surprised if they ever actually endeavored to convey cogent information through which people could become empowered.

Greg, yeah I loved the 'crazy' things that Chavez has said--and it is also interesting that so much of it happens to be true.

US intellectuals are extremely disciplined so as by to say 'crazy' things. Hurts one's ability to ever get tenure. LOL

Chavez drives you folks off the rails as you studder and gem and haw--trying to come up with a politically correct response--trying to block the sun with your McDonald's fattened thumbs.

The people, when they make the move toward liberation can see through the lies of the masters and their house slaves.

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