Assigned Reading: Jim DeMint: What I Heard in Honduras
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal)
Finally, after spurning attempts from the White House and the Democrats designed to prevent him from traveling, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint left for Honduras about two weeks ago to visit the country currently experiencing turmoil in the aftermath of a shift in presidential power.
The ouster of former president Manuel Zelaya, brought about because Zelaya showed intention to countermand the nation’s constitution and secure another presidential term for himself, has been touted from the beginning by the White House as a “coup.” I’ve mentioned here several times exactly why it isn’t, but Sen. DeMint actually went to Honduras, and this is some of what he wrote for Saturday’s Journal:
On the other hand, the only thorough examination of the facts to date—conducted by a senior analyst at the Law Library of Congress—confirms the legality and constitutionality of Mr. Zelaya’s ouster. (It’s on the Internet here .)
Unlike the Obama administration’s snap decision after June 28, the Law Library report is grounded in the facts of the case and the intricacies of Honduran constitutional law. So persuasive is the report that after its release, the New Republic’s James Kirchick concluded in an Oct. 3 article that President Obama’s hastily decided Honduras policy is now “a mistake in search of a rationale.”
The Hondurans I met agree. All everyone seemed to want was a chance to make their case, or at least an independent review of the facts.
So far, the Obama administration has ignored these requests and instead has repeatedly doubled down. It’s revoked the U.S. travel visas of President Micheletti, his government and private citizens, and refuses to talk to the government in Tegucigalpa. It’s frozen desperately needed financial assistance to one of the poorest and friendliest U.S. allies in the region. It won’t release the legal basis for its insistence on Mr. Zelaya’s restoration to power. Nor has it explained why it’s setting aside America’s longstanding policy of supporting free elections to settle these kinds of disputes.
Is it any wonder that the Democrats and the president tried–albeit unsuccessfully–to enjoin the Palmetto State senator from visiting Honduras? Much like with the debate over health care reform and even the debate over global warming, those on the political left never, ever want to deal with fact. Because they lose every single time.
Furthermore, the outwardly recognizable way in which the Obama administration has refused to accept the new, valid government while simultaneously providing dictator wannabe Zelaya with the benefit of the doubt all goes back to this president’s detente-at-all-costs, justice-driven approach to foreign policy.