WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) - The United States has warned Honduras' de facto government it could face cuts in economic aid if it fails to reach a deal with ousted President Manuel Zelaya on restoring democratic rule. The government that took power when Zelaya was toppled in a June 28 coup has flatly refused to allow his return to power, and negotiations mediated by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias collapsed on Sunday.
Once again, the de facto leader of Honduras is also the de jure President. Zelaya was not ousted in a "coup", but a constitutional action initiated by the Honduran Supreme Court, endorsed by the democratically elected legislature, and executed by a civilian controlled military. Planned elections have not been canceled or delayed.
Why does the Obama administration and the Clinton State Department seem more concerned with interfering in the internal disputes of Honduras rather than real dictatorships like Iran, North Korea, or Venezuela?
What would it take to get a policy reversal here? Evidence of Zelaya planning to rig an election? Oh wait, no, we already have that.
Maybe they feel they can score a "win". In doing so, they risk further alienation of friendly Latin American nations.