Kerry wants Law Library report on Honduras retracted

posted at 10:55 am on October 29, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

A month ago, the Law Library of Congress reviewed the removal of Manuel Zelaya from his post as President of Honduras, an act that the Obama administration called a “coup” and demanded reversed for its illegality.  To the embarrassment of the White House and State Department, the Congressional body determined that Honduras acted lawfully in removing Zelaya for his crimes against their constitution, although they determined that his exile broke Honduran law.  Now John Kerry wants the Law Library to retract its findings, apparently trying to rewrite history to hide the facts of the case:

The chairmen of the House and Senate foreign relations committees are asking the Law Library of Congress to retract a report on the military-backed coup in Honduras that they charge is flawed and “has contributed to the political crisis that still wracks” the country.

The request, by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. and Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., has sparked cries of censorship from Republicans who say the Democrats don’t like what the August report said: that the government of Honduras had the authority to remove President Manuel Zelaya from office.

Zelaya has been holed up at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa for several weeks, and high-ranking U.S. officials arrived Wednesday to try to broker a resolution.

Critics of the Obama administration — which condemned Zelaya’s removal in June — have pointed to the report as evidence that the White House was wrong when it sided with most Latin American countries in calling for Zelaya to be returned.

The report did nothing to contribute to the political crisis in Honduras.  Most Hondurans are probably unaware of the report, and would hardly consider it a priority in their lives, what with the rest of the political questions in the air at the moment.  The only political “crisis” that the report stoked was the one in the US, when people wondered why we were suddenly taking  the same side as Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and the Castro brothers against one of the more stalwart US allies in the region.

What has contributed most to the political crisis in Honduras?  The wrongheaded stance of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  They have suspended visas and aid to Honduras, weakening one of the few strong alliances we have in Central America, just to interfere with what is truly an internal matter in Tegulcigapa.  The US has rejected the one real solution to the problem, a national election that had already been scheduled before Zelaya’s removal and one in which Zelaya’s own party wants to participate. 

If Kerry and Berman want a resolution to the Honduran crisis, then they should be demanding changes from Obama and his team, not silence from the Law Library of Congress.

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hawkman on October 29, 2009 at 12:31 PM

“The request, by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. and Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif.,”

The ‘D’ stands for DELUSIONAL.

rgn on October 29, 2009 at 12:34 PM

I want John Kerry retracted.

austinnelly on October 29, 2009 at 12:39 PM

This government is so out of control it has gone beyond mere political disagreement or partisanship to a truly frightening entity poised to take away the most basic of our freedoms (like how we CHOOSE to spend OUR money that we have legitimately earned! Who could possibly question their authority to FORCE us to do their will – its for our own good afterall?!?).

They change the very meaning of words to make them mean what they want them to. They make up truly disgusting charges against anyone who even thinks about disagreeing with them. They create “virtues” out of what would have been crimes in any other place at any other time in history. They place the blame for any perceived shortcoming on anyone, or anything, they personally have taken a dislike to. They torture numbers to force them to create impressions that don’t exist in reality. They purposely mislead the people they supposedly represent just to maintain their own hold on power. They demand we all do things they themselves refuse to do.

They literally believe they are better than we are, smarter than we are, deserving of more then we are, and are a mere step away from demanding we worship them instead of the God of our own choosing (although Obama has pretty much already taken THAT step).

AND, if none of that works, they simply re-write history!

They’ve sold their souls for “power” and we are the ones upon whom they will exercise that power.

Nothing to worry about here.

Fatal on October 29, 2009 at 12:55 PM

I think Frankensteins bolts are screwed on to tight.

capejasmine on October 29, 2009 at 1:02 PM

What has contributed most to the political crisis in Honduras? The wrongheaded stance of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Wrongheaded? More like idiotic. And now they’re doubling down on their stupidity with even more stupidity.

We need these dumba$$es gone . . . ASAP.

AZCoyote on October 29, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Wait, they wanna change it or simply flush it down the memory hole?

RedbonePro on October 29, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Well… some smart enterprising republican could take a few minutes and read the report into the congressional record, just to annoy Kerry… and of course make it permanent.

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on October 29, 2009 at 1:11 PM

They want it retracted so that when Venezuela attacks, the US will have an excuse to backing Chavez.

I am serious about this, O-Hole does not intend to step down.

GunRunner on October 29, 2009 at 1:16 PM

GunRunner at 1:16
You are probably correct: We have not even come close to seeing the depths to which Obama intends to take our country.

GaltBlvnAtty on October 29, 2009 at 1:20 PM

The only real contribution to the political instability in Honduras is the Obaminable administration and its tyrant-loving, wrongheaded, international-law-and-sovereignty-violating position on this issue. Honduras has set a laudable precedent–one the U.S. should follow by the best and quickest means allowed under our Constitution. Isn’t sedition still sedition, even when practiced under color of office?

Ay Uaxe on October 29, 2009 at 1:30 PM

This reminds me very much of the complaints made against people such as John Woo and other legal advisors of former Pres. Bush. The complaint against them is that they dishonestly tailored their legal advice to match the ends desired…in that case, it is alleged, to legally justify acts which opponents say amounted to torture.

This is the same thing. The politician, in this case Sen. Kerry, dislikes the legal opinion for political reasons. The opinion is an embarrassment to him and to the Administration. If a coup is by definition illegal then there was no Honduran “coup”, and the position of the Administration is not only wrong in law, it amounts to egregious interference in the internal affairs of an independent state. How embarrassing for a President who came to office promising the exact opposite.

The solution? Rather, than correct the mistake, they want to eliminate the report and re-write the history. This is Orwellian. It reminds me of the old Russian comment that the future was secure…it was the past of which they could never be sure.

These guys are unbelievable.

Blaise on October 29, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Obviously, they want some precedent in this hemisphere as protection for when the citizens try to remove Maobama legally.

“It’s a coup!” cried John Kerry. “Bring up my Swiftboat! Call out the National Police Force! Resistance is futile!”

I think the whole “coup” language was carefully thought out. By characterizing it as a “coup”, it could be denounced. I don’t think Maobama believes in the rule of law at all. Only his own agrandizement. He shouts coup because he realizes how close he is to the same treatment.

Folks, we have to get these asswipes out of office before we lose our ability to protest the government.

riverrat10k on October 29, 2009 at 1:51 PM

I have lived here the entire time Kerry has been a senator and I have not seen a single shred of evidence that he thinks. Again, I demand proof of your wild claim.

RagTag on October 29, 2009 at 11:28 AM


riverrat10k on October 29, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Maobama does not want the sheeple to get any ideas about kicking him out. Threfore, the Honduran “coup” rhetoric.

Scary stuff folks. We must make sure these people are removed from office while we still have that ability.

Term limits anyone?

riverrat10k on October 29, 2009 at 2:15 PM

The Progressive penchant for Orwellian practices becomes more mind-numbingly pervasive daily.

My constant monitoring of Team-Obama’s encroachment upon every freedom, has my lefty brother accusing me of becoming “obsessed” with non-existent phantoms.

My response was that “It seems to me quite reasonable that persons being bound to the tracks, might understandably become inordinately fixated upon train schedules.”

For an off the cuff response, I thought that fairly witty, and the analogy rather accurate. If I do say so myself.

Archimedes on October 29, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Kerry’s love affair with Ortega goes back to the ’80’s. No wonder Long-Faced Jawn continues to rewrite history.

onlineanalyst on October 29, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Kerry went to Nicaragua back in the 80’s to support the communist Sandinistas, so this is no surprise.

NNtrancer on October 29, 2009 at 2:59 PM

This sounds like the Soviet Union and their artists “airbrushing” out history in pictures.

Tim Burton on October 29, 2009 at 3:24 PM

It’s a brave new world, alright–now they aren’t even waiting for an event to be published in school history books before they alter history. Saves time, I guess.

varnson on October 29, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Reporting for duty… at Minitrue.

Jim Treacher on October 29, 2009 at 3:48 PM

The UN even said removing Zelaya was legal.

davod on October 29, 2009 at 3:48 PM

MackDaddy wants Zayala’s removal to be illegal, so when it’s time (Yeah, I know, it’s already time.) for him to leave, he can point to “international precedent.”

Besides, it makes him look cool to his marxist buds. He’s too ignorant to see they are laughing at him.

davidk on October 29, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Honest to goodness, it gets stranger and stranger up there in DC. Guess we need to get Glenn Beck to put a spotlight on this reworking of history. It seems to me he is the only one who will show the American people any real “history” of these crazies inhabiting Washington today.

I’ve been following this story since they made their initial boneheaded statements regarding the “coup”. This current strategy put forth by Kerry needs to be in the spotlight front and center. Either you can’t believe ANYTHING this administration says OR it doesn’t have a CLUE on foreign policy decisions.

I say it’s both of these scenarios.

manateespirit on October 29, 2009 at 4:40 PM

The Constitution of Honduras is strikingly clear. It would have been a violation of the Constitution to have allowed Zelaya to remain in office. In Honduras, you can be President, you can advocate a relaxation of the Presidential term limits, and you can even be President and advocate a relaxation of those limits. However, the Constitution stipulates that the President forfeits his office if, while President, he advocates a relaxation of his term limits. He commits no crime by such advocacy, but he forfeits his office as he speaks. Really, you don’t have to be a lawyer to figure this out; you just have to know a little Spanish. Asking the researchers at the Law Library of Congress to “retract” their report on the matter is like asking them to “retract” the time of day. This is so stupid, so stupid, that I regret it would be a crime to have Kerry horse-whipped.

Kralizec on October 29, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Heck, if Obama and ACORN plus millions of illegal aliens are able to vote, it is not out of the realm of possibility for Obama to do whatever it takes to stay in power just like Zelaya did. The brakes have to be applied or we will lose our country in a voting booth. A war lost without firing a shot.

volsense on October 29, 2009 at 4:52 PM

I want John Kerry retracted.

austinnelly on October 29, 2009 at 12:39 PM

I think redacted would be more apropriate.

Jeff2161 on October 29, 2009 at 6:08 PM

What a great costume, Lurch and the Goatman

bluegrass on October 29, 2009 at 6:14 PM

He’s got the best hair. He looks presidential. He’s a Democrat. How can he be wrong?

SilentWatcher on October 29, 2009 at 6:32 PM

“BTW, I was in Nam, same time, same place as Kerry, on a different kind of boat. He is a lyin’ sack.

Star20 on October 29, 2009 at 11:38 AM
Do you have his hat, or know where it is?

karl9000 on October 29, 2009 at 12:04 PM”

If I had Kerry’s hat, I’d do the same thing to it that I did with my boat captain’s ham sandwich before he ate it.

Star20 on October 29, 2009 at 6:48 PM

They want it retracted so that when Venezuela attacks, the US will have an excuse to backing Chavez.

GunRunner on October 29, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Columbia’s President Uribe is probably feeling a little nervous nowadays. As he should be, with this crew in charge…

Spiny Norman on October 29, 2009 at 7:18 PM

Nothing new here; just flushing inconvenient history down the memory hole. The only difference is that instead of Big Brother, we have Big John.

KW64 on October 29, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Somewhere George Orwell is laughing his ass off!

So when is John Kerry going to have the brown shirts issued?

GarandFan on October 29, 2009 at 10:54 PM

mr self inflicted wounds is doing it again

i guess he is a certifiable masochist

the fact that the UN wont support zelaya means he must be soo wrong that only an imbecile would counter

Sonosam on October 30, 2009 at 2:49 AM

hopefully he will follow in teddies footstaggers

Sonosam on October 30, 2009 at 3:06 AM

The real reason O’Bongo want’s Zelaya reinstated, it disrupted his supply of “blow.”

yonaton on November 1, 2009 at 1:34 PM