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The limited hangout: Clinton admits Honduras coup role

Posted by Charles II on December 6, 2015

This actually came out a couple of months ago, but as part of keeping the record on the Honduran coup, I thought it was worth posting.

Mark Weisbrot, Al Jazeera:

In a recent op-ed in The Washington Post, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a review of Henry Kissinger’s latest book, “World Order,” to lay out her vision for “sustaining America’s leadership in the world.” In the midst of numerous global crises, she called for return to a foreign policy with purpose, strategy and pragmatism. She also highlighted some of these policy choices in her memoir “Hard Choices” and how they contributed to the challenges that Barack Obama’s administration now faces.

The chapter on Latin America, particularly the section on Honduras, a major source of the child migrants currently pouring into the United States, has gone largely unnoticed. In letters to Clinton and her successor, John Kerry, more than 100 members of Congress have repeatedly warned about the deteriorating security situation in Honduras, especially since the 2009 military coup that ousted the country’s democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. As Honduran scholar Dana Frank points out in Foreign Affairs, the U.S.-backed post-coup government “rewarded coup loyalists with top ministries,” opening the door for further “violence and anarchy.”

Clinton admits that she used the power of her office to make sure that Zelaya would not return to office. “In the subsequent days [after the coup] I spoke with my counterparts around the hemisphere, including Secretary [Patricia] Espinosa in Mexico,” Clinton writes. “We strategized on a plan to restore order in Honduras and ensure that free and fair elections could be held quickly and legitimately, which would render the question of Zelaya moot.”

Clinton’s false testimony is even more revealing. She reports that Zelaya was arrested amid “fears that he was preparing to circumvent the constitution and extend his term in office.” This is simply not true. As Clinton must know, when Zelaya was kidnapped by the military and flown out of the country in his pajamas on June 28, 2009, he was trying to put a consultative, nonbinding poll on the ballot to ask voters whether they wanted to have a real referendum on reforming the constitution during the scheduled election in November. It is important to note that Zelaya was not eligible to run in that election. Even if he had gotten everything he wanted, it was impossible for Zelaya to extend his term in office. But this did not stop the extreme right in Honduras and the United States from using false charges of tampering with the constitution to justify the coup.

I would say even more damning is Clinton’s characterization of Kissinger as “a friend, and I relied on his counsel when I served as secretary of state. ” Kissinger is a war criminal, and a promoter of Operation Condor, including a direct role in fomenting the massacre in Chile.

If Hillary Clinton is a friend of Henry Kissinger, she is no friend to liberty and the rule of law.

4 Responses to “The limited hangout: Clinton admits Honduras coup role”

  1. vellissima said

    I agree about Clinton, and her relationship with Kissinger says it all. I’ll never understand my liberal friends who support her.

    • Charles II said

      Politics, alas, is often about the lesser evil, and rarely about the greater good. Hillary, for all her many defects, is not as wantonly destructive in the manner that a Trump or a Cruz would be. I don’t fault anyone for supporting her. Many people think that Bernie is unelectable. They may be right.

      So, I may well vote for Hillary, but it will be with my eyes open, expecting nothing good in foreign policy. I voted for Obama with eyes open, recognizing that he has no respect for international law and imagines that military solutions substitute for the hard work of solving real problems of poverty, corruption, pollution, etc. Now they are disillusioned, while I am only disappointed that he has learned so slowly.

      • vellissima said

        Good pragmatic view. Certainly there are no viable alternatives but Sanders, which is why he’s so popular.

      • Charles II said

        You know, Vellissima, Bernie Sanders is a decent guy. He’s lived his whole life modestly, not making huge amounts of money. His net worth is $400,000, versus a Senate average of about $10M. That’s about what a modest house in California costs. He doesn’t take corporate cash for his campaigns. He’s too old to be looking for a career after politics. He’s one of the last real people left in Washington.

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