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Obama is wrong to side with Chavez and Castro on Honduras. – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on July 1, 2009

UPDATE III 10-20-2009 – Congressional Research Service: Obama Wrong, Honduras Correct to Remove Zelaya
The CRS Report is HERE.

Via the Washington Examiner:

The legal arguments made in the report, which was prepared by Senior Foreign Law Specialist Norma Gutierrez, are quite intricate and based in Honduran law. But the bottom line is this:

  • The Honduran Congress appears to have acted properly in deposing President Manuel Zelaya. Unlike in the United States, the Honduran Congress has the last word when it comes to interpreting the Constitution. Although there is no provision in Honduras’s Constitution for impeachment as such, the body does have powers to disapprove of the president’s official acts, and to replace him in the event that he is incapable of performing his duties. Most importantly, the Congress also has the authority to interpret exactly what that means.
  • The Supreme Court was legally entitled to ask the military to arrest Zelaya. The high court, which is the constitutional venue for trials of the president and other high-ranking officials, also recognized the Congress’s ouster of Zelaya when it referred his case back down to a lower court afterward, on the grounds that he was “no longer a high-ranking government official.”
  • The military did not act properly in forcibly expatriating Zelaya. According to the CRS report and other news stories, Honduran authorities are investigating their decision, which the military justified at the time as a means of preventing bloodshed. In fact, Zelaya should have been given a trial, and if convicted of seeking reelection, he would have lost his citizenship. But he is still a citizen now, and the Constitution forbids the expatriation of Honduran citizens by their government.
  • The proper line of succession was followed after Zelaya’s ouster. Because there was no Vice President in office when Zelaya was removed (he had resigned to run for president), Micheletti was the proper successor, as he had been president of the Congress.

“The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service concluded the removal of former President Zelaya was Constitutional, and we must respect that,” Rep. Aaron Schock said today. “It’s unconscionable the administration would attempt to force Honduras to violate its own Constitution by cutting of foreign aid.”

UPDATE II – Associated Press is in the tank for the leftist would be dictator….what a surprise. Examine this link HERE.  What little pertinent information there is about Zelaya’s legal removal from office is understated. The article refers to Zelaya’s removal as a “coup” when in fact it was ordered by the Supreme Court and mandated by enumerated sections of the Honduran Constitution. Look at the glowing pictures of Zelaya in the article.  A propaganda ministry could not have slanted the article much more.

Well said.

Longer clip, more detail and Bill Kristol weighs in.  –

UPDATE – 9.16.2009 Greta Van Susteren investigates:

Here is the three minute synopsis – 

Full Interview:

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