Zelaya returned to power

posted at 8:48 am on October 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Now we know why John Kerry demanded that the Law Library of Congress withdraw its report declaring the removal of Manuel Zelaya from the Honduran presidency legal, weeks after the issuance of the report.  Honduras, under new pressure from the US, has agreed to allow Zelaya to return as president to the Central American nation under an agreement announced this morning.  However, there is one piece of good news, assuming Zelaya keeps his word:

The interim government of Honduras has yielded to international pressure and agreed to allow the return to power of Manuel Zelaya, the ousted President who was toppled in a military coup four months ago.

The breakthrough came after renewed pressure from senior US officials who travelled to Honduras this week for a last-ditch effort to end the crisis.

“It is a triumph for Honduran democracy,” said Mr Zelaya after the rival sides agreed to a deal under which he may be reinstated as President within days.

Well, no, it’s actually not a triumph for Honduran democracy.  The parliament in Tegulcigapa had voted unanimously for his removal after Zelaya attempted to violate the nation’s constitution and fake a referendum vote, for which ample evidence existed.  It’s actually a triumph for American interventionalism, which this administration pretended to eschew.  So much for a humble foreign policy.

The problem should be short-lived, however (emphasis mine):

Mr Micheletti said that Mr Zelaya could return to office after a vote in Congress that would be authorised by the country’s Supreme Court. He said that the deal would require both sides to recognise the result of a presidential election due to take place on November 29 and would transfer control of the army to the top electoral court.

The United States, the European Union and Latin American leaders had all demanded that Mr Zelaya be allowed to finish his presidential term, which ends in January. They had said that they might not recognise the winner of the November election unless democracy was first restored.

Zelaya had attempted to use the army to promulgate his illegal referendum on allowing presidents to seek more than one term, with ballots stashed for the purpose.  Now he won’t have any authority over the army at all, which will temporarily take its orders from the court.  Meanwhile, the elections that even Zelaya’s own party wanted will go forward, without Zelaya able to seek a second term (and without Micheletti as well).  In other words, he may be president, but he’s already a lame duck — with a very, very hostile parliament to boot.

Rumor has it that Zelaya initially refused to sign the agreement, and that he had to be prodded to do so.  It’s not hard to see why.  He gets to return home, but essentially gets to sit in an office for a few weeks and do nothing.  Assuming he doesn’t lead some sort of coup d’etat himself on his return to Honduras, which would make the Obama administration look even more inept in this circumstance, Zelaya is out of power for good.

Update: Be sure to read Fausta’s roundup from the region.

Update II: Law Library of Congress to John Kerry: Pound sand.


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cr@p

MarkTheGreat on October 30, 2009 at 8:51 AM

And the media will not report the truth.

NoNails on October 30, 2009 at 8:51 AM

i assume obama assumes that pressuring a sovereign nation to take back a president is not imperialism. bon appetit.

nyx on October 30, 2009 at 8:51 AM

me thinks zelaya will try to pull out a coup. I mean, what are the chances that he would not? he already tried to aborgate the constituition of Honduras once.

nyx on October 30, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Thomas Shannon—another Obama thug.

becki51758 on October 30, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Honduras was handling a difficult problem in a democratic way.
The US should have kept its nose out of it.
If only Barry had put as much pressure on Iran during the protests as he did Honduras.
*Bangs Head*

annoyinglittletwerp on October 30, 2009 at 8:53 AM

I love love love Update II.

Cindy Munford on October 30, 2009 at 8:54 AM

We should not be meddling in the affairs of other nations (except when those nations are trying to install leftwing dictatorships to replace democracies).

-Obamacrats

Good Lt on October 30, 2009 at 8:54 AM

An actual triumph for the dictator Nicolai MaObama and his bud Chavez in their sphere of influence. This is disgusting. To the good people of Honduras we will owe a great penance.

Rot in hell Hitlery, Maobama, Castro, Kerry and Hugo–evil thugs all.

Western_Civ on October 30, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Update 11:52: From my inside source, 47 congressmen will vote no (40 Liberal, 1 UD, 2 PINU, and 4 DC) 26 congressmen will vote yes (22 Liberals and 4 UD), and presidential candidate Pepe Lobo is asking the Nacionalistas to abstain.

Worst news of all: supposedly Thomas Shannon has been pressuring the congressmen to vote for the restoration of Zelay or else! The exact words were that “Shannon scared the living hell out of everyone here including Micheletti.” Yeah, remember the press conference? “We’re just here to help. We aren’t going to intervene. We’ll respect any decision that the Hondurans make.” Yeah, right. Now they are even threatening elected Honduran officials that they won’t recognize elections unless they vote yes. I’m sure there must be economic threats as well.

From LaGringa’s Blogicito.

Wethal on October 30, 2009 at 8:55 AM

State of emergency! Martial law! Eleventy11!

GnuBreed on October 30, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Not to worry. If Honduras doesn’t allow Zelaya to become El Presidente For Life, Ogabe will cease all trade and foreign aid to them.

Bishop on October 30, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Update II: Law Library of Congress to John Kerry: Pound sand.

Awesome.

loudmouth883 on October 30, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Obama and Clinton are a couple of idiots, and they should both be ashamed of their roles in this debacle. The people of Honduras deserved better from the United States, and as a citizen of the U.S., I am outraged at the inept, incompetent, and anti-democratic actions of the U.S. government in this matter.

But Kudos to the folks at the Law Library of Congress for telling the truth, and for resisting John Kerry’s attempts to intimidate them.

AZCoyote on October 30, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Nicolai MaObama
Western_Civ on October 30, 2009 at 8:54 AM

That should have Cesare Hussein Borgas :)

nyx on October 30, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Does anybody else remember when we opposed dirtbags like Zelaya instead of helping them?

kingsjester on October 30, 2009 at 8:57 AM

I wanna know where all the libtards are who always scream about the US getting into other countrie’s business. Oh, wait. That was when Mr. Bush was in office.
Never mind.

SuperManGreenLantern on October 30, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Honduras’ mistake was being benevolent. Traitors are tried, and after conviction, they are sentenced.

OneCleverCookie on October 30, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Its amazing how people don’t see what is really going on. Then I remember reading the “news” report that called his removal a “coup” which implies illegality and then I understand. The media shapes the world for most people. If you don’t get any other source, you believe what they tell you.

No wonder Obama wants to shut down Fox and Talk Radio. How else can they dominate information without getting rid of alternate unfriendly (to them) sources?

I bet political blogs are next to be labeled “not news organizations” and then demonized and eventually some iron-fist attempt to silence them too.

Welcome to the Revolution!

Neo on October 30, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Update II: Law Library of Congress to John Kerry: Pound sand.

I expect Obama wanted this report out of the way because Zelaya does plan a coup. Without the report, Obama could argue Zelaya was only retaking to what he was legally entitled.

Wethal on October 30, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Mr Micheletti said that Mr Zelaya could return to office after a vote in Congress that would be authorised by the country’s Supreme Court. He said that the deal would require both sides to recognise the result of a presidential election due to take place on November 29 and would transfer control of the army to the top electoral court

Has this happened yet? If not, there’s a chance he won’t be returned to power.

Enoxo on October 30, 2009 at 9:01 AM

IMO: 90% chance Zelaya tries to hold on to power.

50-50 he succeeds.

In the midst of this huge storm against democracy, I do see one (small, certainly not worth the hemispheric damage) silver lining. Can you imagine what a good conservative could do with this in a foreign policy ad/debate in 2010 or 2012?

cs89 on October 30, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Law Library of Congress to John Kerry: Pound sand.

TeeHee.

Wethal on October 30, 2009 at 8:55 AM

One wonders what kind of arm twisting took place to make the Hondurans reverse course after standing so firm. Truly a shameful episode in American foreign policy.

BadgerHawk on October 30, 2009 at 9:02 AM

Lame Duck President for five weeks….
Newest UN High Commissioner for 15 years…..

Rocks on October 30, 2009 at 9:02 AM

I expect Obama wanted this report out of the way because Zelaya does plan a coup. Without the report, Obama could argue Zelaya was only retaking to what he was legally entitled.

Wethal on October 30, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Not really, because their constitution doesn’t allow Zelaya to have another term. So any attempt to hold onto power by Zelaya, whether by force or by vote, wouldn’t be legal.

However, given President Obama’s less than amazing grasp of constitutional law, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that’s exactly what he’s thinking.

BadgerHawk on October 30, 2009 at 9:05 AM

Hopefully our military will learn a lesson that when you depose a dictator, you make sure there is no way he is around to return to power. HINT HINT HINT

bill30097 on October 30, 2009 at 9:09 AM

Assuming he doesn’t lead some sort of coup d’etat himself on his return to Honduras, which would make the Obama administration look even more inept in this circumstance, Zelaya is out of power for good.

Let’s hope he doesn’t attempt a real coup. What scares me is that I don’t think the Obama Administration would interfere(at least not on behalf of the people of Honduras) if he did try a stunt like that.

Doughboy on October 30, 2009 at 9:09 AM

So it’s not enough that we are allowing our lawmakers to put our own Constitution down the toilet we are forcing other countries to flush their constitutions down the toilet. I thought is is what liberals scream about – the US overreaching it’s authority. GO FIGURE!

AusTex girl on October 30, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Wow. I feel so bad for Honduras. We should have been their champion in this. So frustrating.

t.ferg on October 30, 2009 at 9:11 AM

I’d lie to see the Honduran Government come out with their condemnation of the corrupto-crats in D.C.
But, no one in D.C. has the cojones to do anything about it! Anybody in power, or the media, is too busy washing Obama’s feet.

Cybergeezer on October 30, 2009 at 9:11 AM

AZCoyote on October 30, 2009 at 8:57 AM

+1

cmsinaz on October 30, 2009 at 9:13 AM

If the Hondurans burn the US flag and hang Ogabe in effigy, they have my backing.

PimFortuynsGhost on October 30, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Hey, can we have Zelaya and they take Obama? With sugar on top?

Coronagold on October 30, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Chavez to “invade’ in 5,4,3 …

OldEnglish on October 30, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Doesn’t matter. Zelaya will rig the November 29th election and remain in power. (You think he and the US would fight this hard just to have him lose in 3 weeks?)

I am, for the first time in my life, DISGUSTED by the US and my President and governments actions. This did not support the rule of law. This did not support individual liberty or even the very basic precepts of the Constitution. This was unabashed political cronyism to support Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro and their dictatorships to pave the way for ours.

ROGUE
GOVERNMENT

Skywise on October 30, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Obummer again sides with the apes in restoring jungle law to Honduras. Next up: traveling to Iran and planting a wet kiss on Ahmadinejad.

Percy_Peabody on October 30, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Would be nice if the EU and Great Leader and ‘other Latin American countries’ would stay out of everyone elses affairs unless it’s a direct threat to them. After all, it’s not as if any of their countries, including ours, are very well run or are setting good examples.

jeanie on October 30, 2009 at 9:16 AM

me thinks zelaya will try to pull out a coup. I mean, what are the chances that he would not? he already tried to aborgate the constituition of Honduras once.

nyx on October 30, 2009 at 8:52 AM

I hope he does try a coup, and this time they shoot the sonovab*tch. It’s what they should have done the first time.

Phil-351 on October 30, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Obama you’re such a freakin idiot. It pains me to say this about my President but seriously, he threw in with a Socialist who tried to turn a Democracy into a dictatorship.

Daemonocracy on October 30, 2009 at 9:16 AM

This is right out of the Dem playbook for installing Communist dictatorships. Read Nicaragua Betrayed by Anastasio Somoza.

Akzed on October 30, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Honduras, under new pressure from the US, has agreed to allow Zelaya to return as president to the Central American nation under an agreement announced this morning.

Herr Barack Obama is now indisputably a total enemy of constitutional government and rule by law, not men and is four square for rule of raw power. He is not the anti-Christ but he is the ant-Founding Fathers. May lighting strike him.

MB4 on October 30, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Zelaya should have been encouraged to commit suicide like Allende. Pinochet knew how to resolve situations correctly.

PimFortuynsGhost on October 30, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Liberal leader reinstated.
Heavy-handed U.S. intervention.

Noam Chomsky’s head must be exploding right now.

Greek Fire on October 30, 2009 at 9:18 AM

This is right out of the Dem playbook for installing Communist dictatorships. Read Nicaragua Betrayed by Anastasio Somoza.

Akzed on October 30, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Come on now, Somoza was a dictator himself. This is a different situation. Yes, leftist Latin American governments are trying to meddle in Honduran politics as they did in Nicaraguan politics back then and yes we have an incompetent President who wants to turn allies into enemies but Somoza was a real ****.

Daemonocracy on October 30, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Does anybody else remember when we opposed dirtbags like Zelaya instead of helping them?

kingsjester on October 30, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Well, those looking for a cut of that 0bama stash, did vote for change.

What’s next? Is President Toonces going to threaten to invade Zimbabwe, if the citizens ever manage to depose Mugabe? I would imagine that his room temperature IQ voters would demand nothing less.

MNHawk on October 30, 2009 at 9:22 AM

No wonder Obama wants to shut down Fox and Talk Radio. How else can they dominate information without getting rid of alternate unfriendly (to them) sources?
I bet political blogs are next to be labeled “not news organizations” and then demonized and eventually some iron-fist attempt to silence them too. Welcome to the Revolution!
Neo on October 30, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Unless the SCOTUS guts McCain-Feingold, Obooba will try to have Fox, talk radio, and blogs all neutered for being corporations making in-kind contributions to candidates within the proscribed time before elections.

Even shutting down Communist blogs as pawns in the game is no problem, because shutting down everything but newspapers and network broadcasters is a huge net gain for the Obamunists.

They need elections to retain the patina of Democracy. The Zelaya incident tells you what they really think of elections and Democracy, though.

Akzed on October 30, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Herr Hitler restored Mussolini to power and now Herr Obama is following in his godfather’s footsteps by restoring Zelaya to power.

MB4 on October 30, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Enemies to Liberty: Obama Administration

What does this do to American Exceptionalism?

jp on October 30, 2009 at 9:24 AM

At least the Hondurans KNOW that Zelaya is going to try and pull something. He’s utterly lost the element of surprise.

Techie on October 30, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Oh no. This is terrible. What makes Micheletti think Zelaya will keep his word?! Mark my words: Brazil, Venezuela, and Ecuador will send military to keep Zelaya in power.
Obama made South America more dangerous.

cubachi on October 30, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Just another example of Obama and his cronies doing everything in their power to support and defend every communist government and left wing tyrant in the world. Doesn’t it make you proud?

rplat on October 30, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Unbelievable! Thank you Comrade Obama!

Christian Conservative on October 30, 2009 at 9:24 AM

If Zelaya does try to take action to keep himself in power or rig the election to keep his party in power with some figurhead in office similar to how things are in Putin’s Russia, odds are the administration and State Department will then say the U.S. can’t meddle in Honduran affairs…

jon1979 on October 30, 2009 at 9:25 AM

So it’s not enough that we are allowing our lawmakers to put our own Constitution down the toilet we are forcing other countries to flush their constitutions down the toilet. I thought is is what liberals scream about – the US overreaching it’s authority. GO FIGURE!

AusTex girl on October 30, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Well said. And, in the distance…

That giant sucking sound.

TXUS on October 30, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Is it even possible for the Obama administration to look “more inept”? The past nine months has been one long SNL sketch. And like SNL there isn’t anything funny about it.

SKYFOX on October 30, 2009 at 9:26 AM

If Zelaya does try to take action to keep himself in power or rig the election to keep his party in power with some figurhead in office similar to how things are in Putin’s Russia, odds are the administration and State Department will then say the U.S. can’t meddle in Honduran affairs…

jon1979 on October 30, 2009 at 9:25 AM

That was the game plan all along.

nyx on October 30, 2009 at 9:27 AM

From one Lame Duck to another…

profitsbeard on October 30, 2009 at 9:28 AM

This has bad written all over it.

I find this incredibly depressing. On the surface, this is a small deal, given Honduras’ role in the world. But the wrong people are going to reach exactly the correct conclusions about Obama and his real politik approach to the world.

Hell. It’s not even real politik. At least with previous administrations, there was a certain amount of U.S. interest, craven and short-sighted though it may have been, at the core of our policies. There’s nothing but a raw power play at the center of this move. Obama supports the Far Left and Liberal Fascism, in all of it’s forms. Even better that it goes against fundamental American beliefs.

The alarm bells in classically liberal societies around the world should be going off loud and clear by now. The warning has been issued. The U.S. can be counted on to go against freedom and constitutional governments from this point forward.

You paying attention Israel?

nukemhill on October 30, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Daemonocracy on October 30, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Read the book. Somoza was a Latin American autocrat. He is what naturally evolved in Nicaragua. Communism is always imposed from the outside. Every single Communist revolution, including Rissia’s, was imposed from outside and from above. The Reds invented astroturfing.

The US government is aligning itself with Commuists, imposing Communists on Honduras, coddling terrorists and refusing to agressively prosecute an ongoing war against them, and so on. This should scare us, not Latin American autocracy.

In fact, Honduras is being throughly democratic. Read their constitution. They were attempting to stick with it to the T, and Obooba is instead forcing a Communist on them.

It’s classic.

Akzed on October 30, 2009 at 9:31 AM

This restoration of an autocratic thug and lawfully deposed criminal president should be great for Obama’s re-election effort! /s
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Now, if we can get the same stench of corruption to adhere to Sen. John “Thank You Verah Mauch” Kerry.”
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Thank you, law Library of Congress, for your service to democratic institutions, liberty, and law.

ExpressoBold on October 30, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Honduras dotting the i and crossing the t

Dr Evil on October 30, 2009 at 9:43 AM

“No one country can, or should, dominate another.”

…but if a whole bunch of countries get together, they can dominate pretty much anyone they want.

29Victor on October 30, 2009 at 9:46 AM

And we wonder why Latin America hates us. Do they care that it’s Libs doing this, as opposed to Republicans? Just another example of America mucking things up in the South. Sheesh.

EMD on October 30, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Ed tested the waters long enough, waiting for the popular winds to whisper in support of Micheletti. Too little, too late? With Zelaya in office, and with the US/UN in coalition with South American dictators overseeing the elections (we saw how well US/UN elections fared in Afghanistan vote counting), and no one stopping Brazil from instigating warfare within Honduras, this is not good for the Honduran Constitutional Government.

Micheletti consistently reiterated that he would not seek election, that he would not run for the office, but was filling in strictly temporarily until the Honduran people elected their NEW president according to their Constitution.

All of the international banks, financiers and economic powers boycotted Honduras, denying Honduras all trade, lending, and any recognition, smearing Honduras with the “coup” fabrication.

Authoritarian Obama scores another international dictatorial coup, making Micheletti an offer he couldn’t refuse. The assassination of Micheletti’s nephew was accomplished at a time most convenient for Zelaya and Obama. The BBC reported immediately that poor Zelaya had been ousted by “the” coup for merely attempting to legislate a revision in the Honduran Constitution; and that there was absolutely nothing to infer from the execution style murder of the Micheletti, moving right along.

As far as “convincing” Europe to boycott the legitimate Honduran Constitutional Government, it wasn’t Obama’s achievement. The fact that Honduras stood as an independent nation chafed the UN and One World Order banking system.

“Shannon scared the living hell out of everyone here including Micheletti.” Yeah, remember the press conference? “We’re just here to help. We aren’t going to intervene. We’ll respect any decision that the Hondurans make.” Yeah, right. Now they are even threatening elected Honduran officials that they won’t recognize elections unless they vote yes. I’m sure there must be economic threats as well.

Yep. “We’re from the US government and we’re here to help. Now sign on the dotted line, or else.’

So Haiti’s Congress ousted their Prime Minister in this morning’s news. Are Obama, the alliance of American nations, and the UN going to boycott Haiti until their Prime Minister is reinstated?

maverick muse on October 30, 2009 at 9:46 AM

the ousted President who was toppled in a military coup four months ago

And this is still how the constitutional removal of a would be dictator is described.

Physics Geek on October 30, 2009 at 9:46 AM

The exact words were that “Shannon scared the living hell out of everyone here including Micheletti.” Yeah, remember the press conference? “We’re just here to help. We aren’t going to intervene. We’ll respect any decision that the Hondurans make.” Yeah, right. Now they are even threatening elected Honduran officials that they won’t recognize elections unless they vote yes. I’m sure there must be economic threats as well.
From LaGringa’s Blogicito.
Wethal on October 30, 2009 at 8:55 AM

I hope diplomats around the world are making a mental note: “Wear a wire when US Officials are near.”

Patrick S on October 30, 2009 at 9:47 AM

The contrast with the “non-interventionalist” way he handled the election in Iran is very telling.

29Victor on October 30, 2009 at 9:48 AM

me thinks zelaya will try to pull out a coup. I mean, what are the chances that he would not? he already tried to aborgate the constituition of Honduras once.

nyx on October 30, 2009 at 8:52 AM
Of course he will. Especially now that he knows for sure that BO is covering his back.

RagTag on October 30, 2009 at 9:50 AM

This new decision by Honduras is too clever by half. Will be holding my breath over the next five weeks. But it’s not completely over until January.

The good news is at least his nominal political party wants nothing to do with him either — he stepped out on them a long time ago.

RD on October 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

I’m saddened that the Hondos caved under pressure from the communists (by communists I mean the American government).
The final say is up to a vote by the Congress. Hopefully they will tell the commies to stick it and order his arrest.

single stack on October 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

The contrast with the “non-interventionalist” way he handled the election in Iran is very telling.

29Victor on October 30, 2009 at 9:48 AM

In both cases Tyranny got the upper hand

jp on October 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM

The Honduran legislature can still repudiate the agreement.

maverick muse on October 30, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Read the book. Somoza was a Latin American autocrat. He is what naturally evolved in Nicaragua. Communism is always imposed from the outside. Every single Communist revolution, including Rissia’s, was imposed from outside and from above. The Reds invented astroturfing.

The US government is aligning itself with Commuists, imposing Communists on Honduras, coddling terrorists and refusing to agressively prosecute an ongoing war against them, and so on. This should scare us, not Latin American autocracy.

In fact, Honduras is being throughly democratic. Read their constitution. They were attempting to stick with it to the T, and Obooba is instead forcing a Communist on them.

It’s classic.

Akzed on October 30, 2009 at 9:31 AM

I fully Understand that but Somoza provided weak, corrupt and ruthless authoritarian rule. After that massive Earthquake which ravaged the country, he pocketed all of the international aid that pured in to help the people. He made himself vulnerable by being such a S.O.B. I agree that Communism infiltrates from the outside but I really don’t want to read a book by Somoza making excuses for himself. Poor leadership by both him and Carter is what ultimately drove that country into the arms of Communism. Obama is looking to be just as bad, but I don’t need to read that book to see this.

Daemonocracy on October 30, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Ed, I bet you the frosty beverage of your choice that Billington at LOC caves on this request.

DrSteve on October 30, 2009 at 9:53 AM

I’d get arrested if I said what I was thinking.

Daggett on October 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Billington was educated in the public schools of the Philadelphia area. He was class valedictorian at both Lower Merion High School and Princeton University, where he graduated with highest honors in 1950. Three years later, he earned his doctorate from Balliol College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Following service with the U.S. Army and in the Office of National Estimates, he taught history at Harvard University from 1957 to 1962 and subsequently at Princeton University, where he was a professor of history from 1964 to 1974.

From 1973 to 1987, Billington was director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the nation’s official memorial in Washington, D.C. to America’s 28th president. As director, he founded the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Center and seven other new programs as well as the Wilson Quarterly.

Billington was sworn in as the Librarian of Congress on September 14, 1987. He is the 13th person to hold the position since the Library of Congress was established in 1800.

Perhaps why Billington wasn’t going to give into Gigolo John Kerry and a Chicago machine thug. With a pedigree like that, you don’t tell this scholar to revise his findings.

Wethal on October 30, 2009 at 10:01 AM

I doubt this has a happy ending.

Asher on October 30, 2009 at 10:02 AM

The only happy ending for this is if Zelaya is shot by the army.

Chris_Balsz on October 30, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Stand Zelaya up in front of a wall… End of problem…

Kuffar on October 30, 2009 at 10:05 AM

I wish Micheletti and the other Hondurans had held firm, but I can hardly fault them considering the intense pressure that Obama put on them. This is thoroughly disgusting.

In neighboring Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega just got his constitution changed by railroading it through their supreme court at a time when opposition judges were coincidentally unavailable. He is rapidly on the way to Chavez status, and only the most incredibly naive would believe otherwise for Zelaya.

Obama is Carter on steroids. God help us all.

jwolf on October 30, 2009 at 10:06 AM

F*ck Obama

F*ck Obama

F*ck Obama

pseudonominus on October 30, 2009 at 10:08 AM

I’d get arrested if I said what I was thinking.

Daggett on October 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM

But you would have lost your soul if you weren’t thinking what you are thinking.

MB4 on October 30, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Well Ed, this must make you a little happy since you didn’t support the ousting of Zelaya from the beginning.

Let’s just hope that Chavez doesn’t send in military support before the election to help his buddy.

moonsbreath on October 30, 2009 at 10:17 AM

A strong statement against military rule. A scheduled election in which Zelaya has the backing of neither the army nor the parliament, nor a spot on the ballot, and will those fade into the woodwork. A solution supported by every democracy in the Western hemisphere.

A significant win for the U.S. and for regional stability.

Bleeds Blue on October 30, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Obama commits US troops to keep the guy in power within 24 hours.

Odds high or low?

I say 1 in 4, which is disturbingly high.

jeff_from_mpls on October 30, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Bleeds Blue on October 30, 2009 at 10:18 AM

The military didn’t remove Zelaya. The Supreme Court did.

Wethal on October 30, 2009 at 10:22 AM

A strong statement against military rule.

Micheletti was a civilian. There was no committee of colonels running Honduros.

A scheduled election in which Zelaya has the backing of neither the army nor the parliament, nor a spot on the ballot, and will those fade into the woodwork.

That was always true. This deal has nothing to do with that.

A solution supported by every democracy in the Western hemisphere.

So what?

A significant win for the U.S. and for regional stability.
Bleeds Blue on October 30, 2009 at 10:18 AM

This doesn’t help us in any way at all. The region is less stable for supporting left-wing coups like Zelaya’s.

Obama has disgraced this country.

Chris_Balsz on October 30, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Bleeds Blue

You are an enemy of Feedom. You are a contemptible fool.

pseudonominus on October 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM

A significant win for the U.S. and for regional stability.

Bleeds Blue on October 30, 2009 at 10:18 AM

I think your post is a teachable moment to instruct all of us how the leftist mind operates.

You notice this leftist said “a win for the US and regional stability.”

But when you hear a real conservative talk, they refer to “a win for freedom, for liberty, for the principles America stands for.”

The distinction is important. Do some conservatives slip into the tribal, jingoist language that Bleeds Blue uses? Of course. But Ronald Reagan and the other great ones made it very clear. Unlike the jingoist utilitarian Bleeds Blue, real conservatives rally around Principles of right and wrong.

Keep this in mind, my friends.

jeff_from_mpls on October 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Americans should see the situation in Honduras as a little visit from the Ghost of Christmas Future.

We ignore Osama Obama’s thug-like behavior at our peril.

MrScribbler on October 30, 2009 at 10:29 AM

A strong statement against military constitutional rule.

Bleeds Blue on October 30, 2009 at 10:18 AM

MB4 on October 30, 2009 at 10:30 AM

A strong statement against military rule. A scheduled election in which Zelaya has the backing of neither the army nor the parliament, nor a spot on the ballot, and will those fade into the woodwork. A solution supported by every democracy in the Western hemisphere.

A significant win for the U.S. and for regional stability.

Bleeds Blue on October 30, 2009 at 10:18 AM

insanity – back under your rock pondscum

bill30097 on October 30, 2009 at 10:30 AM

A strong statement against military rule. A scheduled election in which Zelaya has the backing of neither the army nor the parliament, nor a spot on the ballot, and will those fade into the woodwork. A solution supported by every democracy in the Western hemisphere.

A significant win for the U.S. and for regional stability.

Bleeds Blue on October 30, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Thanks for the advance copy of Axelrod’s talking points! Very helpful!

rockmom on October 30, 2009 at 10:31 AM

We need a Ronald Reagan brigade to go help the Hondurans resist. I say we start by occupying the emabassy of the Obummer regime as our HQ

bill30097 on October 30, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Bleeds Blue
You are an enemy of Feedom. You are a contemptible fool.

pseudonominus on October 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM

You, my friend, are a tin-pot fascist.

I think your post is a teachable moment to instruct all of us how the leftist mind operates.

You notice this leftist said “a win for the US and regional stability.”

But when you hear a real conservative talk, they refer to “a win for freedom, for liberty, for the principles America stands for.”

The distinction is important. Do some conservatives slip into the tribal, jingoist language that Bleeds Blue uses? Of course. But Ronald Reagan and the other great ones made it very clear. Unlike the jingoist utilitarian Bleeds Blue, real conservatives rally around Principles of right and wrong.

Keep this in mind, my friends.

jeff_from_mpls on October 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM

The principles of outraged conservatives and entrenched interests using the military to install their own puppet as head of government? Very democratic of you.

The history of conbservatism is the history of supporting every brutal dictator it can bribe into subservience in the name of anti-communism. Greece, Paraguay, South Africa, half of Latin America, South Korea, Vietnam, Chile…hell, the conservative movement opposed democracy in the deep south under the guise of “states rights.”

There is an election being held, by the way, as part of the agreement.

Bleeds Blue on October 30, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Good thread. Only one half-a$$ed attempt to defend Ogabe and his paramour Zelaya. Hopefully Zelaya will try something and get the bullet in his head that he truly deserves.

PimFortuynsGhost on October 30, 2009 at 10:33 AM

So.. let’s say our current president refuses to leave the oval office in 2012 after his overwhelming defeat.. Per the constitution he should be removed right? If the military had a couple of guys go in there and remove him, would that be a military coup?

I think maybe we’re seeing a preview of what is to come.

Zippy_Slug on October 30, 2009 at 10:33 AM

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