BAM'S BLUNDERS ABROAD
NY Post July 5, 2009
It took a week for President Obama to say something of substance against the violent repression of anti-government protesters in Iran. Fear of meddling, he said, was the reason for the delay.
Yet it took just hours for him to publicly denounce the removal of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, an ally of Venezuelan America-hater Hugo Chavez, by that nation's army and demand his immediate reinstatement.
No fear of meddling this time.
That's because Barack Obama's foreign policy is very much a moment-to-moment affair, with no guiding principles.
Certainly, President George W. Bush would've understood that what has been portrayed as a "banana republic" military coup was nothing of the sort -- that Zelaya's ouster was meant to preserve Honduran democracy, not suppress it.
Zelaya's removal, after all, came at the direct order of the Honduran Supreme Court and was approved by both the nation's attorney general and its Congress.
Replacing Zelaya as president was not a military junta but the head of the Congress, a member of Zalaya's own political party, which had declared him unfit for public office. And the replacement immediately called for new national elections and vowed to abide by the results.
In fact, the monumentally incompetent Zelaya had tried to follow in Chavez's anti-democratic footsteps, unilaterally overturning Honduras' constitution by staging an illegal referrendum to give cover to his plan to sidestep strict term limits and run for re-election indefinitely.
When the head of the army refused to cooperate, Zelaya fired him -- a move the Supreme Court quickly declared illegal.
Sad to say, international opinion backed Obama and rallied behind Zelaya. (continues...)