Wednesday, July 08, 2009

A small move to the center, if not the right

I'm glad to see the Obama administration back off, if only a little, in its insistence that the deposed president of Honduras must be returned to power. (What matter if he was determined to emulate his buddies Raul Castro and Hugo Chavez, above, in following the one-man, one-vote, one-time mode of Latino governance?) Here is Hillary Clinton in the NYT, as the model of sweet reason:

While Secretary Clinton reiterated the United States’ condemnation of Mr. Zelaya’s ouster, she stopped short of calling for his reinstatement, a departure from statements by President Obama earlier Tuesday and from the position taken by much of the international community.

When asked whether the United States viewed Mr. Zelaya’s return as central to the restoration of democratic order, she said that she did not want to “prejudge” the talks before they began.
And here is Mary O'Grady of the WSJ on the same general topic. For the life of me, I haven't been able to understand Obama's position on this matter--or that of the UN, the OAS, and elite opinion everywhere. Are they wildly wrong, or am I? Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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