As Mary Anastasia O'Grady at the Wall Street Journal has consistently pointed out, the U.S. government is incorrectly calling the ouster last June of Honduran President Zelaya a military coup. In fact, he was exiled from the country for an offense and in a manner that is specifically spelled out in the country's constitution. As she notes in her article today, our own Congressional Research Service now agrees: "Available sources indicate that the judicial and legislative branches applied constitutional and statutory law in the case against President Zelaya in a manner that was judged by the Honduran authorities from both branches of the government to be in accordance with the Honduran legal system."
To my great dismay and even shame, her article also points out that the Obama administration persists in trying to pressure the Honduras government to reverse its decision despite its constitutionality. Earlier it suspended hundreds of millions of foreign aid, and now our State Department has revoked the visas of all 15 members of the Honduran Supreme Court.
Given Zelaya's known ties to Venezuela's Chavez, it seems clear to me that Obama is a better friend of Latin dictators than he is of Latin democracies.