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Honduras Coup, Act V, Day 31

Posted by Charles II on November 20, 2009

If you hadn’t guessed, more light blogging.

According to EFE, quoting Esdras Amado Lopez, Channel 36 is off the air (via RNS at HondurasCoup2009). Lopez says the regime is jamming them by broadcasting porn and cowboy flicks over their signal.

The State Department redefines that technical term in statecraft, “stupid;”

QUESTION: Yes, on Honduras, you want to bring us up to date on the latest developments and whether or not you think Mr. Zelaya might return to the – any kind of power before the election?

MR. WOOD: Well, as I think many of you are aware, there was a statement made last night by Mr. Micheletti about taking a leave of absence. And we welcome that he is going to take a leave of absence and expect its prompt implementation. This will allow some breathing space for the process in Honduras to go forward. And so the announcement will also allow for the people of Honduras to focus on the elections. And so that’s really where we are.

QUESTION: When you say you welcome, what do you mean by you welcome? Means that you are happy or – that he’s taking a leave of absence?

MR. WOOD: I mean we welcome.


QUESTION: (Inaudible), right?

MR. WOOD: Anything else on Honduras?


MR. WOOD: Dave —

QUESTION: I mean, as far as you’re concerned, this is – is this a good solution now? I mean, no longer does the United States expect Zelaya to come back or —

MR. WOOD: Well, I think what would be a good solution for the situation, the crisis in Honduras, is for the implementation of the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accords. That, I think, is what needs to happen now. And the sooner that we can get that implementation, the sooner we will get to what we hope will be a resolution to this crisis.

Jill, you had —

QUESTION: And who runs the country while Mr. Micheletti is on vacation?

MR. WOOD: That’s a good question. I don’t really know the answer to that. I’m sure there is one and I’ll try and get one.

QUESTION: Zelaya said that he wants to delay the elections. He says that in this situation, the elections cannot be take – cannot be done.

MR. WOOD: Well, there is an accord that President Zelaya and his team and Mr. Micheletti and his team agreed to. And we think if we are going to address the issues of restoring democracy, if we’re going to deal with the the question of reconciliation, that the best way to do this is to move forward with the implementation of the accord. It’s in the best interests of the Honduran people. The Honduran people want to end this crisis. And as we’ve said, one of the most important things that needs to happen first is the formation of this national unity government. And we want to see that happen as soon as possible.

And now, after due consideration, weighing each factor appropriately, and reflecting with conscientious deliberation on each per stirpes, the State Department has emerged with the following consensus:

Question: Who is in charge when Micheletti steps down?

Answer: We refer you to Mr. Micheletti and the de facto leadership. We reiterate that steady steps to implement the Accord will enhance prospects for transparent, fair, and free elections that will contribute significantly to ultimately resolving Honduras’ political crisis. The formation of a government of national unity is critical to implementation of the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord.

So, there you have it, folks. If you want to know what the State Department thinks, ask Roberto Micheletti.

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Friday Cat Blogging

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Deep thought of the day

Posted by Charles II on November 20, 2009

Elizabeth Warren says she prefers Coors Light to iced tea.

Iced tea will get you drunk quicker.

The linked article is worth reading. Warren is the one person of the Obama team I outright like.

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