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July 01, 2009

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This is a very specious line of reasoning. I posted at poliblog about why alternative manners of removal don't suggest any improvement in imagery or 'form'.

And I'm not sure the US got on the international bandwagon. They certainly and oddly (at least with respect to recent relations) echoed the clamor from the left governments in South and Central America. But the strength of the President's initial statement (which contrasted with Clinton initial seeming equivocation) was very strong for any non Chavez allied gov't and we really saw a domino of reaction from the rest of the world after that. That is now putting pressure on a government which may have in fact acted democratically but didn't do so with the best 'form' to accept an already removed president whose reinstatement may destabilize Honduras to a more tragic state. It seems like the president jumped the gun here and could have also moderated his form in terms of his initial statement. One can mention how wary the Americas are of military led depositions of presidents and still leave room to decide on the legality of the action.

Undercutting Chavez as good strategy is laughable. We really should not be in the business of playing games with Chavez. That doesn't mean we shouldn't recognize his influence in the region and how our dynamics with him may effect issues, but we should not be basing our actions on his and his allies' words/actions. Its a poor analogy but can you imagine getting behind Ahmadinejad after the elections and then pulling out the rug from him by later saying he's using violent methods to put down protestors? Almost immediately such actions, while politically expedient, may irreparably damage the side that is right. At this point that may be where we are headed as such pressure is being put on Honduras because of supposed 'form' problems that we might see a Zelaya return with potentially tragic consequences.

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