Tragically, the events in Honduras have proved as fleeting as summer as far as our national attention span goes. Even more tragically, the way the Obama adminstration has handled the US response is nothing short of, well, tragic.
TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran de facto ruler Roberto Micheletti said on Saturday the United States has revoked his visa to pressure him to step down and reinstate exiled President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a June military coup.
Micheletti, however, was defiant of the latest move by Washington, which said earlier this month it was cutting more than $30 million in aid to the poor Central American country.
"We will not back down. Dignity does not have a price in our country," Micheletti told Honduran radio.
That word, "dignity". Interesting, that.
During last year's campaign, The American Prospect produced a long and detailed piece on The Obama Doctrine. In it author Spencer Ackerman posits:
Obama is offering the most sweeping liberal foreign-policy critique we've heard from a serious presidential contender in decades.
And getting to the heart of The Obama Doctrine the piece states:
I spoke at length with Obama's foreign-policy brain trust, the advisers who will craft and implement a new global strategy if he wins the nomination and the general election. They envision a doctrine that first ends the politics of fear and then moves beyond a hollow, sloganeering "democracy promotion" agenda...
Well. If anything, the Obama administration is certainly not promoting Democracy in Honduras, so mission accomplished of a sort on that front. In fact, in trying to pressure Honduras to accept the return of former president Zelaya, they are working against the very nature of Honduran democracy.
So, they are against "democracy promotion" because it is hollow sloganeering, and in its place they are:
...in favor of "dignity promotion," to fix the conditions of misery that breed anti-Americanism and prevent liberty, justice, and prosperity from taking root.
There's that word, "dignity".
However, in its efforts to remove the dignity of Honduras and its current President Roberto Micheletti, the Obama administration has indeed shown that is is moving beyond hollow sloganeering.
As I predicted at the time this American Prospect article came out, the Obama administration has descended into utterly vapid sloganeering.