Zelaya fading in Honduras?

posted at 10:55 am on July 27, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

That hot Honduran love for Manuel Zelaya seems to have faded.  The deposed president tried to generate a border protest that would sweep him back into power, but the current Honduran government kept the border clear instead.  Reuters reports that instead of drawing tens of thousands to the Nicaraguan border, Zelaya barely got ten tens:

Disheartened supporters of deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya trickled home from the Nicaraguan border on Sunday, weakening protests backing his bid to return to power after a coup last month.

Honduran troops manning checkpoints have prevented several thousand demonstrators from staging a show of support at the border for the leftist leader, now exiled in Nicaragua.

Six miles from the border, 100 weary protesters milled around the coffee town of El Paraiso, a far cry from the massive outpouring of public backing Zelaya had called for. …

A couple hundred Hondurans who managed to reach the border were camped out in Nicaragua with Zelaya, holed up in the town of Ocotal on Sunday planning his next move.

This looks like a combination of better security by Honduras and a sense that Zelaya has overplayed his hand in exile.  At first, Zelaya sounded contrite and promised to return under an agreement that would have seriously constrained him, making him look like the reasonable party in the affair.  It didn’t take long before Zelaya began dropping hints that he’d like to return at the head of a Venezuelan or Nicaraguan column to seize power, which couldn’t have endeared Zelaya to mainstream Hondurans that would prefer not to have a foreign army invade their country.

That sense of overplaying the hand appears to have damaged Zelaya among his allies in the Obama administration, too.  When Zelaya did the Hokey Pokey across the border for the benefit of journalists last week, Hillary Clinton slammed Zelaya for being “reckless”.  He retorted by instructing Clinton to confront the Honduran government “with force,” a not-so-subtle suggestion that Zelaya would be just as happy to ride at the head of a US Army column to get to Tegulcigalpa.

All of these stunts and ultimatums have done more to strip the mask from Zelaya and reveal him as a dictator-in-gestation, and show that Honduras had the right idea when they arrested him, even if the execution of the idea was debatable.  Small wonder that Zelaya didn’t get adoring crowds this weekend; the adoration has dwindled down to the core Chavistas.


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Axelrod starts to sweat.

the_nile on July 27, 2009 at 10:57 AM

And 0 is on record for supporting Zelaya.

PrincipledPilgrim on July 27, 2009 at 10:59 AM

The radical leftists are going to &*^% a brick if the Obama administration do it’s best to put Zelaya back in power. Their new hero is Chavez and they have a long history of supporting the worst leftist thugs in Central and South America. It is a matter of personal pride for them.

Bill C on July 27, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Carter had the Shah.

Obama has Zelaya.

History keeps repeating…

MadisonConservative on July 27, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Another craptacular failure by the Obama Administration.

The highwater mark of this President was the day he blew $250 million of taxpayer dollars on his coronation.

He can make that up to us by taking a plain white sheet of paper and a $.25 government pen to compose his resignation.

NoDonkey on July 27, 2009 at 11:03 AM

I’m sure this came about after Obama told him “I’m always worried about using the word ‘victory,’ because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur,”

the Coondawg on July 27, 2009 at 11:04 AM

I don’t know if this has been posted yet, but it is great reading…

“Barack Obama Discovers Socialism & Marxism Are Unpopular
Gerald Warner, Telegraph.co.uk”

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/geraldwarner/100004404/barack-obama-discovers-socialist-projects-at-home-and-a-pro-marxist-foreign-policy-are-making-him-unpopular/

Star20 on July 27, 2009 at 11:04 AM

He can make that up to us by taking a plain white sheet of paper and a $.25 government pen to compose his resignation.

NoDonkey on July 27, 2009 at 11:03 AM

i will gladly donate the pen and all the paper oboobi needs.

SHARPTOOTH on July 27, 2009 at 11:05 AM

And 0 is on record for supporting Zelaya.

Nah, he was just acting stupidly.

el hombre on July 27, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Hillary calling Zelaya “reckless” still doesn’t rule out the US continuing to try to shoe horn him back into power.

myrenovations on July 27, 2009 at 11:08 AM

If Zelaya can’t get US troops to invade, he’ll have to settle for Venezuelan troops.

Vashta.Nerada on July 27, 2009 at 11:09 AM

He can make that up to us by taking a plain white sheet of paper and a $.25 government pen to compose his resignation.

NoDonkey on July 27, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Just make sure that we, the people, get that pen back before he leaves.

highhopes on July 27, 2009 at 11:12 AM

This has also been very revealing of Obama and has served as further confirmation of his ideology.

INC on July 27, 2009 at 11:13 AM

MadisonConservative on July 27, 2009 at 11:02 AM

What’s next? Cardigan sweaters?

highhopes on July 27, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Star20 on July 27, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Thanks for the link! Great headline1

INC on July 27, 2009 at 11:15 AM

I don’t know if this has been posted yet, but it is great reading…

“Barack Obama Discovers Socialism & Marxism Are Unpopular
Gerald Warner, Telegraph.co.uk”
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/geraldwarner/100004404/barack-obama-discovers-socialist-projects-at-home-and-a-pro-marxist-foreign-policy-are-making-him-unpopular/

Star20 on July 27, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Are they still practicing journalism in the UK???

CC

CapedConservative on July 27, 2009 at 11:16 AM

He can make that up to us by taking a plain white sheet of paper and a $.25 government pen to compose his resignation.

NoDonkey on July 27, 2009 at 11:03 AM

I’d be okay with funding the use of White House letterhead. A personal sacrifice I’ll willing make for my fellow Americans.

BobMbx on July 27, 2009 at 11:17 AM

What’s next? Cardigan sweaters?

highhopes on July 27, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Nope…
Carter: Lines at Gas Station
Obama: Lines at Health Care CLinic.

WashJeff on July 27, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Nope…
Carter: Lines at Gas Station
Obama: Lines at Health Care CLinic.

WashJeff on July 27, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Yeah…I can hear it now….

HEALTHCARE SHORTAGE IS FABRICATION

“Scores of doctors have been stored in freighters off-shore of the United States by Big Medicine in order to maintain the long lines at hospitals and clinics, while putting billions of dollars in profits into their own pockets”.

BobMbx on July 27, 2009 at 11:22 AM

History keeps repeating…MadisonConservative on July 27, 2009 at 11:02 AM

History tells us is that we fail to learn the lessons of history.

Mojave Mark on July 27, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Just another example of that ‘smart diplomacy’ that Barry has brought to the White House. He’s so smart, so clean, so articulate. I get a thrill up my leg each time His name is mentioned. Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

GarandFan on July 27, 2009 at 11:25 AM

He can make that up to us by taking a plain white sheet of paper and a $.25 government pen to compose his resignation.

NoDonkey on July 27, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Love the thought, but if it’s a government pen I’m sure it cost $25, not 25 cents.

Scott P on July 27, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Disheartened supporters of deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya trickled home from the Nicaraguan border on Sunday, weakening protests backing his bid to return to power after a coup last month.

For crying out loud, it wasn’t a coup.

Daggett on July 27, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Ogabe: “Let me be clear and as I have always said, Zelaya needs to obey the rule of law in Honduras and concede gracefully.”

Bishop on July 27, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Bomb explodes in Honduras after pro-Zelaya meeting

Juan Barahona, the group leader, said the group would not be scared by any form of intimidation and vowed to continue its fight against the coup leaders.

Well of course they aren’t scared of any bombs, they probably planted them there before leaving to make it look like someone was targeting them.

AverageJoe on July 27, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Ousted Honduran president sees U.S. support waning

Zelaya hit back at Clinton for the second time in two days, complaining she had stopped using the term “coup” to describe his removal. “The position of the Secretary Clinton at the beginning was firm. Now I feel that she’s not really denouncing (it) and she’s not acting firmly against the repression that Honduras is suffering,” he told reporters.

AverageJoe on July 27, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Did Zelaya try passing out Israeli oranges like Ahmadinejad?

FeFe on July 27, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Maybe the good guys will get this one done.

Yippee for Honduras!

Harry Schell on July 27, 2009 at 11:41 AM

In alphabetical order, Zelaya, comes last, or at least very close to last.

thebrokenrattle on July 27, 2009 at 11:42 AM

This is not the Zelaya I thought I knew.

kirkill on July 27, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Small wonder that Obama didn’t get adoring crowds this weekend; the adoration has dwindled down to the core Obamabots.

izoneguy on July 27, 2009 at 11:44 AM

If Zelaya can’t get US troops to invade, he’ll have to settle for Venezuelan troops.

Vashta.Nerada on July 27, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Fortunately, the people in Panama and Costa Rica wouldn’t take too kindly to Hugo trying to march his army through their countries to get to Honduras. And since Venezuela’s Navy is pretty much limited to drug running cigarette boats, Chavez’s capacity to really cause problems is limited. (Ortega in Nicaragua is more problematic, since he does share the border with Honduras, but since he’s trying to pull off the same president-for-life stunt that Zelaya is attempting, he’s got to watch his own back to make sure he doesn’t get escorted out of the country or end up fighting his own civil war).

jon1979 on July 27, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Carter had the Shah.

Obama has Zelaya.

History keeps repeating…

MadisonConservative on July 27, 2009 at 11:02 AM

The difference here is Obomber is embracing a two-bit commie tyrant. The Shah though was a staunch ally and anti-communist. Carter threw him overboard and embraced Khomeini. And the rest truly, sadly, is history.

J.J. Sefton on July 27, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Their new hero is Chavez and they have a long history of supporting the worst leftist thugs in Central and South America. It is a matter of personal pride for them.

Bill C on July 27, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Actually, it is a reflection of their collective intellectual wherewithall. The same will happen in the USA with amnesty. Just look at Geraldo.

saiga on July 27, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Barry has to support Zelaya, else he’ll look like a hypocrite when his self-inflicted national crisis “mandates” that he remain in office in 2017.

Of course, that was based on the Obama Regime remaining popular, which it clearly isn’t and won’t…

wildcat84 on July 27, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Why is this still talked about here as if it were a coup?

coup d’etat: a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force

That isn’t what it was. In fact it was maintaining the current legal government structure, as defined by their constitution. Zelaya was trying to change that government by force. If he had succeeded, despite being the legally elected president at the time, that would have been a coup.

It really bothers me that this word is still used in this case, here of all places.

aelhues on July 27, 2009 at 12:02 PM

I think it’s interesting that the article calls him a “leftist” leader. Usually the media re-frame the good guys, whoever they are, as left-wing. When it becomes permissible to refer to him as the bad guy, they’ll start calling him “right-wing”.

joe_doufu on July 27, 2009 at 12:07 PM

What’s next? Cardigan sweaters?

highhopes on July 27, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Rabid rabbits attacking Presidents in canoes?

As for the “coup.” This should be required reading…from the Wall Street Journal, Honduran interim President Roberto Micheletti ‘splains it in simple terms.

coldwarrior on July 27, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Zelaya fading in Honduras?

From purely a domestic political point of view, I wish Ed had focused some on how Zelaya is OBAMA’s man in Honduras.

This is another EPIC FAIL for OBAMA. Ring it out!!!

JiangxiDad on July 27, 2009 at 12:19 PM

He threatened a massacre.

Whoever thought they might support him changed their minds when called upon to either massacre or be massacred.

maverick muse on July 27, 2009 at 12:20 PM

As for the “coup.” This should be required reading…from the Wall Street Journal, Honduran interim President Roberto Micheletti ’splains it in simple terms.

The thing is, all the pertinent information in this article has been mentioned, and/or linked on this site in the past. I just find it a bit disturbing that the incorrect language is still used. It’s playing into the hands of those who believe that this was a coup, and that because of that Obama and others that supported Zelaya were correct, or at least understandable. They weren’t correct. Zelaya is a criminal, and should be treated as such. We should be making it perfectly clear that supporting this criminal was clearly the wrong position.

aelhues on July 27, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Yes, epic fail for Obama AND Hillary.

Does anyone remember any other Sec./State personally attacked ad hominem to such a degree by foreign press while abroad on diplomatic assignment?

maverick muse on July 27, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Honduras Unity to Lead Peace and Democracy Demonstration in Washington, DC

This is planned as an Anti-Zelaya, pro Honduran constitution march from White House to the offices of the OAS. Lets see if the mainstream media covers it.

AverageJoe on July 27, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Zelaya is a criminal, and should be treated as such. We should be making it perfectly clear that supporting this criminal was clearly the wrong position.

aelhues on July 27, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Yes. The only attempted coup was Zelaya’s attempted dictatorship that got tossed out with his garbage on his ear.

maverick muse on July 27, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Zelaya is to Honduras as Obama is to the USA.

maverick muse on July 27, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Let’s hope Zelaya fades away and doesn’t come back, and that other nations in Central and South America will learn from Honduras’ success.

FloatingRock on July 27, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Is the MSM even covering this story any longer?It seems since the alternative media has exposed the truth about Zelaya’s removal and the fact that the Honduran Constitution was upheld they have abandoned the ‘coup’ meme.

thomasaur on July 27, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Honduras had the right idea when they arrested him, even if the execution of the idea was debatable.

I don’t think there is a “good” way to enforce a Constitution once reason has failed. It just has to be done.

If it were done ruthlessly, and that worked, that would be fine of course. But if it’s a little bit less ruthless and still works – how can anyone complain about that?

Barry has to support Zelaya, else he’ll look like a hypocrite when his self-inflicted national crisis “mandates” that he remain in office in 2017.
wildcat84 on July 27, 2009 at 11:59 AM

The way things are heading, that’s going to happen in 2012.

logis on July 27, 2009 at 12:43 PM

All of these stunts and ultimatums have done more to strip the mask from Zelaya and reveal him as a dictator-in-gestation, and show that Honduras had the right idea when they arrested him, even if the execution of the idea was debatable. Small wonder that Zelaya didn’t get adoring crowds this weekend; the adoration has dwindled down to the core Chavistas.

So far, I have nothing but admiration for the way in which Honduras has handled this. Was Zelaya’s deportation somewhat extra-constitutional? Yes, but think of how much bloodshed may have been averted by whisking the would-be dictator out of the country, and sucking the air out of his supporters in the process — with subsequent revelations about rigged voting machines,etc., and the inevitable cooling of passion that only time can bring.

Nichevo on July 27, 2009 at 12:51 PM

What’s next? Cardigan sweaters?

highhopes on July 27, 2009 at 11:14 AM
Nope…
Carter: Lines at Gas Station
Obama: Lines at Health Care CLinic.

WashJeff on July 27, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Here’s what’s next:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAqPMJFaEdY

guntotinglibertarian on July 27, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Honduras Unity to Lead Peace and Democracy Demonstration in Washington, DC

This is planned as an Anti-Zelaya, pro Honduran constitution march from White House to the offices of the OAS. Lets see if the mainstream media covers it.

AverageJoe on July 27, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Nah, wrong little brown people. Wrong cause.

Now, if it was about amnesty for illegals…

guntotinglibertarian on July 27, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Zelaya hit back at Clinton for the second time in two days, complaining she had stopped using the term “coup” to describe his removal. “The position of the Secretary Clinton at the beginning was firm. Now I feel that she’s not really denouncing (it) and she’s not acting firmly against the repression that Honduras is suffering,” he told reporters.
AverageJoe on July 27, 2009 at 11:32 AM

I will never forget how wrong Obama got it right after the Supreme Court and the Legislature lawfully removed this thug who was trying to set up a Chavez like dictatorship in Honduras. I was embarassed that our President was standing shoulder to shoulder with Chavez, Ortega, Castro, Ahmanutjob and the Bolivian Marxist.

CCRWM on July 27, 2009 at 1:03 PM

…(Ortega in Nicaragua is more problematic, since he does share the border with Honduras, but since he’s trying to pull off the same president-for-life stunt that Zelaya is attempting, he’s got to watch his own back to make sure he doesn’t get escorted out of the country or end up fighting his own civil war).

jon1979 on July 27, 2009 at 11:44 AM

That is another unfortunate consequence of Obama’s support for Zelaya’s coup attempt. While the world was focused on Honduras, Ortega has been getting away with a similar maneuver in Nicaragua. If the US had supported Honduras from the start then perhaps Ortega would have been more likely to meet with a similar fate.

I’m not familiar enough with the government and circumstances in Nicaragua to speculate if that was a real possibility, though, but the pressure on Honduras from Obama and other world tyrannies might have helped dissuade Ortega’s opposition.

FloatingRock on July 27, 2009 at 1:22 PM

the pressure on Honduras from Obama and other world tyrannies might have helped dissuade Ortega’s opposition.

…And, if we still had real journalists instead of leftist propagandists, their spotlight would have been on Ortega, perhaps building some International pressure against him.

FloatingRock on July 27, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Let him stay camped in Nicaragua or just fade away. Oh, and Zelaya: take Obama with you.

Christian Conservative on July 27, 2009 at 1:33 PM

As for the “coup.” This should be required reading…from the Wall Street Journal, Honduran interim President Roberto Micheletti ’splains it in simple terms.

coldwarrior on July 27, 2009 at 12:08 PM

A very interesting read. A reasonable, concise defense of the legal removal of Zelaya by the interim President that replaced him. Does anyone in the White House read the Wall Street Journal? (I love the repeated mention of “the wise policies of Mrs. Clinton”. That has to get up Obama’s nose.)

AverageJoe on July 27, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Zelaya’s belief that thousand would protest in support of him kind of sounds like Obama’s claim that “the stimulus is working”.I want some of those drugs dammit,quit bogarting.

DDT on July 27, 2009 at 2:33 PM

And 0 is on record for supporting Zelaya.

PrincipledPilgrim on July 27, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Obama’s wanna-be dictator is failing. A defeat for Obama and a victory for constitutional law in Honduras.

RJL on July 27, 2009 at 3:40 PM

You forget – the libs are just plain smarter than us.

That’s why they call it: Smart Power!

Relax – the adults are in charge now!

johnnybgood on July 27, 2009 at 3:50 PM

show that Honduras had the right idea when they arrested him, even if the execution of the idea was debatable.

Funny you should use that word. since what they should have done is executed him on the spot.

Greg Q on July 27, 2009 at 4:05 PM

show that Honduras had the right idea when they arrested him, even if the execution of the idea was debatable.

Funny you should use that word. since what they should have done is executed him on the spot.

Greg Q on July 27, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Pesident MICHELETTI wrote about this in th WSJ article:

Regarding the decision to expel Mr. Zelaya from the country the evening of June 28 without a trial, reasonable people can believe the situation could have been handled differently. But it is also necessary to understand the decision in the context of genuine fear of Mr. Zelaya’s proven willingness to violate the law and to engage in mob-led violence.

AverageJoe on July 27, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Swedish anti-tank rockets sold to Venezuela end up being used by FARC in Columbia, imagine that?

Probably a few in the pipeline headed for Honduras.

Those silly Chavez Bolivarian thugs…thought they had packed farm supplies…ooops.

So much information out there about Zelaya’s friends and who is sponsoring his attempts to take over Honduras…yet…he’s the good guy in all of this according to the Obama Administration?

coldwarrior on July 27, 2009 at 7:45 PM


Honduras claims that FARC is financing Zelaya

http://faustasblog.com/?p=14378

elduende on July 27, 2009 at 9:03 PM

First of all IT WAS NOT A COUP!!

Secondly, there’s this

http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/07/unreal-obama-cuts-aid-to-hondurus-for.html

stacy on July 27, 2009 at 10:19 PM