Monday, June 29, 2009

Diplomacy Dyslexia

It seems that President Obama has it backwards when it comes to 'meddling' in the affairs of foreign states. Specifically, he responded exactly opposite of how he should have concerning Iran and Honduras.

A couple of weeks ago, the people of Iran spoke out against a fixed election. They protested peacefully; rallying in the tens of thousands to show the theocratic government that their voices needed to be heard. President Obama's response was tepid. He didn't want to 'meddle' in their politics. While young men and women were being beaten in the streets of Tehran, the leader of the free world took a back seat, resigning himself to silence on the issue for several days. Only later did he say that he disapproved of the violence and that the voice of the Iranians should be heard.

Enter the political mess in Honduras. As Mary Anastasia O'Grady reports in an article in today's Wall Street Journal, the Honduran government followed its constitutional protocol and removed a president that was abusing the powers of his office. Following an order from their Supreme Court, the military removed President Mel Zelaya from office. Our president announces that:

We believe that the coup was not legal and that President Zelaya remains the president of Honduras, the democratically elected president there.

So, while he has no comment for the thugs in Iran who are savagely beating their populace into submission, he condemns the constitutional process unfolding in Honduras.

My guess is that as the political winds blow back in his face on this, we will see a change in tone from the White House. We can only hope that he becomes a champion of democracy for those around the world that don't have it.

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