The Spin

Here is the spin out of DC on Honduras:

A win in Honduras
How the Obama administration outmaneuvered Hugo Chávez

Huh?
I have to say my neck hurts. And my head hurts too much to take this apart, but if you’ve been following the story, you’ll see what I mean.

The beauty of the U.S.-brokered deal is that it is founded on democratic process — the very thing the Chavistas want to destroy. The Honduran Congress will vote on whether to restore Mr. Zelaya to office for the three months remaining in his term. Mr. Zelaya says he has the votes to return as president, but if he does, he will head a “government of reconciliation,” and the armed forces will report to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, a presidential election previously scheduled for Nov. 29 will go forward with international support and regional recognition for the winner. Neither of the two leading presidential candidates supports Mr. Zelaya or his agenda, which means that Honduras’s democracy should be preserved, and Mr. Chávez’s attempted coup rebuffed.

Somehow, by ignoring the democratic process that occurred in June and re-playing it now plus adding the part with the “govt of reconciliation” which is not in the constitution, the Obama administration has shown Chavez what for.
(ps the military reporting to the Supreme Court of rather the Election commission is standard operating procedure for each Honduran election and had already occurred a few days ago. Clever Micheletti let the US govt think it was something he was “agreeing to”. ….can no one in our govt comprehend another country’s laws? or maybe they just don’t understand Spanish.?)

In another clever little twist, while Micheletti has agreed that Congress can determine whether Zelaya can return to power, Congress isn’t in session until AFTER the election, thus assuring that there is someone else in succession rather than Zelaya. Zelaya, should he win congressional approval would have a hard time convincing the international community that he deserves more time in office if someone else is an actual winner of an actual election there.

That makes me laugh.

Back to the first story, written I am certain by the White House and not by the stated author, it notes how with the US being so involved in this latest resolution – thank God we were there – (yes, that sarcasm is dripping, not leaking) – we will need to stay involved to insist that the OAS involve itself in other coups, such as the Nicaraguan situation which we basically ignored until in this particular story….


Here is another Washington Post story
with the truth of the situation accidently added in to their last 2 paragraphs.

Some analysts feared that, without a solution, some countries in the hemisphere would recognize the government that emerged from the November election, while others would balk.

“You had a situation there tending toward a rather dramatic divide that would get worse as time went on. The U.S. would be caught in a difficult spot on that,” said Alec Watson, a former U.S. diplomat who works at Hills & Co., a consulting firm.

CYA in capital letters.

LaGringa, who should be followed regularly, is noting that Congress is talking about starting up a session on Monday.