Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Barack and Hillary, Tell Us Again How You Are Different Than Bush...

And Reagan and Nixon and all the other Republican jerks that have done so much damage to our country:  This story today from Al Jazeera about the Obama administration in the Honduran military coup a couple of years ago which removed a legally elected liberal President:

"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.”

The homicide rate in Honduras, already the highest in the world, increased by 50 percent from 2008 to 2011; political repression, the murder of opposition political candidates, peasant organizers and LGBT activists increased and continue to this day.  The violence and insecurity were exacerbated by a generalized institutional collapse....Honduran security forces have engaged in a wave of killings and other human rights crimes with impunity.

Clinton admits that she used the power of her office to make sure that Zelaya would not return to office...This may not come as a surprise to those who followed the post-coup drama closely. (See my commentary from 2009 on Washington’s role in helping the coup succeed here, here and here.) But the official storyline, which was dutifully accepted by most in the media, was that the Obama administration actually opposed the coup and wanted Zelaya to return to office."

They opposed the coup in public, while acting in secret to enable the coup plotters to succeed in seizing power from the legal government.  So, we still live in the era when our government feels free to crush democracy when it suits their purpose, while lying to the American people about what they are up to.

This is not a mere failure to deliver from the Obama administration.  It is more than a clear sign that a Hillary Clinton administration would be just as bad.  It is an abomination that is just as bad coming from Democrats as it was coming from Nixon or Reagan or the Dulles Brothers.  And I just want to say that, no matter how clear a path to the White House Hillary might have, it is getting harder and harder for me to want her anywhere near the place.

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