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When a Coup Is Not Yet a Coup

By Glenn Kessler
The diplomatic wheels sometimes turn more slowly at the State Department than other parts of the government. For several days, reporters have been asking State Department spokesman Ian Kelly whether the department's legal adviser had made a determination yet whether the Honduras military conducted a coup when it ousted President Manuel Zelaya and installed a new leader. The issue is an important because a determination that a coup has taken place would result in a cut-off of U.S. aid to the Central American country.

Today, Kelly was asked the question again and he responded that the answer was still under discussion. "Our legal advisers are actively assessing the facts and the law in question, which we take very seriously," he said. "And, of course, I'll let you know as soon as this determination is made."

Meanwhile, in an interview today with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, U.N. ambassador Susan Rice (who is technically part of the State Department) didn't dance around the question.

"This administration has been very clear that a coup is a coup. And there are no good coups and bad coups," she declared.

Posted at 2:59 PM ET on Jul 1, 2009  | Category:  Foggy Bottom
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The Honduras National Election Board, and the Supreme Court told the administration they could not hold a referendum on amending the constitution. That's the same as the US Constitution. By the way, the voting machines were loaned by Venezuela.

If the US Supreme Court had issued an arrest warrant for G W Bush, the same people complaining about Honduras (Hillary Clinton) would have been dancing in the streets.

Posted by: sampjack | July 1, 2009 10:24 PM

I PREFER THAT THE "COUP" WORD WAS REPLACED BY ANY OTHER WORD BUT NOT A SYNOMIM THOUGH! WHY IS SO HARD FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT WAS NOT A MILITARY COUP WHAT HAPPEND IN HONDURAS.....THE SUPREME COURT ORDERED THE ARMY TO ARREST ZELAYA ON SUNDAY. NOW WHAT WOULD HAPPEND IF IT WAS THE LOCAL POLICE? WOULD BE CALLED A POLICE COUP? WE LIVE IN A DEMOCRATIC WORLD AND THERE IS LAWS TO RESPECT AND NO BODY NOT EVEN THE PRESIDENT IS ABOVE THIS LAWS. ZELAYA BETRAYED THE PEOPLE OF HONDURAS THE MINUTE HE DESIDED TO SWAP TO COMMUNISM, PLAYING THE SAME GAME TAUGHT BY CHAVEZ. IS IT THAT HARD FOR THE UN. TO HEAR THE VOICES OF THESE PEOPLE STANDING FOR FREEDOM TODAY? YELLING FOR THE DEMOCRATICS VALUES TO BE RESTORED IN THE COUNTRY. SOMETHING THAT I HAVE TO GIVE IT TO THE OEA, ALBA AND UN. THOUGH THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY ALL AGREED IN SOMETHING. MEL GIVE AN MEDIOCRE SPEECH AND EVERYBODY JUST WILLINGLY SAID YES. WHY NO BODY SAID ANYTHING WHEN CHAVEZ SAID THAT "HE WILL INVADE THE TERRITORY OF HONDURAS" KNOWING THAT 90% OF THE PEOPLE OF HONDURAS IS ANTI-COMMUNIST? DOES HE HATES HONDURAN IN GENERAL? THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION WHERE IS THOSE COUNTRIES THAT WILL FIGHT FOR FREEDOM? WE COULD NOT SAVE CUBA AND WE REGREAT BIG DEAL SO WHY NOT TRY TO SAVE HONDURAS. WE ARE COUNTING ON OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION HIGH OFFICIALS THAT THEY WILL HAVE THE LAST WORD.

Posted by: ebenezerconst | July 1, 2009 7:38 PM

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