Friday, July 10, 2009

Speaking of Miguel Estrada

The Honduran native explains why a coup d'etat did NOT occur in Honduras, but a perfectly Constitutional ousting of the President:

What you'll learn is that the Honduran Constitution may be amended in any way except three. No amendment can ever change (1) the country's borders, (2) the rules that limit a president to a single four-year term and (3) the requirement that presidential administrations must "succeed one another" in a "republican form of government."

In addition, Article 239 specifically states that any president who so much as proposes the permissibility of reelection "shall cease forthwith" in his duties, and Article 4 provides that any "infraction" of the succession rules constitutes treason. The rules are so tight because these are terribly serious issues for Honduras, which lived under decades of military rule.

I've been aware of this for maybe a week or so, but just today I read AP reports referring to a "military coup".

And I still haven't heard President Obama acknowledge his error in supporting Zelaya. Funny how pronouncing "Pakistan" with a near-native inflection shows Obama's incredible attention to detail, yet supporting a would-be Chavez style Honduran President despite his Constitutionally defined treason is no big deal.

To paraphrase some recent criticism of the supposedly terminally unqualified Sarah Palin, it's almost like Obama is proud of his ignorance of the Honduran Constitution.

It cannot be right to call this a "coup." Micheletti was lawfully made president by the country's elected Congress. The president is a civilian. The Honduran Congress and courts continue to function as before. The armed forces are under civilian control. The elections scheduled for November are still scheduled for November.

President Obama, please acknowledge your error and support the lawful President of Honduras. As I recall from your campaign, Presidents are supposed to admit their mistakes, no?

(via NRO)

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