Monday, July 20, 2009

Evo is watching Obama's back

In our second installment of Evo gives Obama good advice, Evo explains why the Obama administration should end all support (both overt and covert) for the rightwing military coup in Honduras (the same concerns this little corner of the blogosphere previously raised).
Evo affirmed there exist fascist and military groups in the United States that do not recongize Barak Obama's mandate. Morales also referred to the coup against Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, speaking that there exist sectors, tied to the US Southern Command, who would encourgage actions against democracies in the region.
So even after Obama followed Bush in throwing Bolivia out of ATPDEA trade benefits based on a scurrilous and overtly political "anti-narcotics" report, Evo is still watching out for his brother. I don't think Obama could ask for a better friend. However based on the last time Evo gave Obama good advice (warning of the DEA's links to drug trafficking), I don't think we can expect Obama to listen.

Former Salvadoran ambassador in Washington, Ernesto Rivas Gallont, "It's hard to admit, but (Fidel) Castro and (Hugo) Chávez are right" to fear that if the coup-mongers consolidate their power, "a series of coups d'état could be unleashed against governments in the region."


mcentellas said...

I agree we should put MORE pressure on Micheletti in Honduras. But are you suggesting the US apply the Cuba model to the Honduras situation (end all ties, cut all trade, embargo)? That seems to limit future options.

I recommend this interesting piece by Boz on the subject:

El Duderino said...

The United States is the only country in the world giving support to the coup regime. The support is not for the purpose of advocating on Zelaya's behalf with the coup mongers but to consolidate the rightwing and pro-corporate gains made by the coup with or without the return of Zelaya. Support for constitutional democracy in Honduras would look very different and it is doubtful the coup regime could survive such a move by the United States.

mcentellas said...

Are you suggesting the US should invade Honduras to put Zelaya back? I'm not sure what it is you want the US to do? As Boz points out, once US cuts all ties w/ de facto Honduras government it loses all leverage. Steady, slow sanctions may work better in the long run. They may not. But there's a long distance between "not yet cutting all ties" (it has cut some, as well as condemned the coup, though perhaps not in language strong enough to satisfy you) to seeking to "consolidate" the coup.

El Duderino said...

Why are you so interested in hypothetical?

Clinton's recent "tough talk" is encouraging but only is so far as it actually carries teeth. And yes, the US position is one of cynical opportunism, their own statements reveal such. The coup regime (the sectors that back it) are utterly dependent on US support.

mcentellas said...

My question is simply about what you think the US *should* do in Honduras. And what you think the consequences (short & long term) of that might be. I really am curious. How would you like to see the US respond to the Honduras situation?