Sunday, June 28, 2009
Elect Laura Bush, Coup de Honduran Style...
"Rape is routinely used as a "weapon of war." - Laura Bush
Read Laura Bush's article, linked above. She is proving to be such a classy woman, keeping up with her charitable work after the White House, and her article on Aung San Suu Kyi is very important. Forget Sarah Palin, if the GOP is smart in wanting a woman candidate next time around, they should elect Laura Bush. She is very different from her husband and a lot more responsible... The UN should get rid of the ineffective Ban Ki-moon and replace him with Aung San Suu Kyi, which would force Burma's hand to hopefully give her up, and she would make a more inspiring leader...
Colorado's own Jared Polis is featured in a weekly CNN documentary on freshmen leaders in Congress. Here is the link to this week's episode of Diary of a Freshman.
CNN's Barbara Starr reports that General Petraeus is trying to keep politically neutral these days: "General David Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command, has asked a pro-military group with extensive public ties to conservative leaders to remove references to him from its Web site because they incorrectly appear to show Petraeus endorsing the group’s political stances, his aides told CNN Friday.
The organization — MoveAmericaForward.org (MAF) — sponsors events supporting military troops in the field, but has also taken public positions on military issues in opposition to those advanced by President Barack Obama. Petraeus’ aides insisted to CNN that the general was not endorsing the group and was upset the Web site appeared to show that he was."
Evidently while we were sitting around watching television, a coup happened in the Central American country of Honduras, as reported in the Christian Science Monitor: "In a move to thwart an attempt to rewrite the Honduran constitution, soldiers have arrested President Manuel Zelaya in what one leader has called a coup and which the European Union has condemned as unconstitutional.
Just before polls were to open on a controversial referendum to allow the president more than a single four-year term, which had led to escalating political tensions in this Central American nation in recent days, soldiers surrounded the president's home and took him into military custody.
Zelaya fired the armed forces Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Romeo Vasquez after his refusal to support an unofficial referendum to modify the nation's constitution, and then refused to back down even after the Supreme Court deemed the referendum illegal and Congress failed to support it. Soldiers, in dozens of white pickup trucks, reportedly put Zelaya in military custody in his home before taking him to an air force base outside the capital city. Neither the military nor presidential advisers have said who is in charge of the government right now.
"We're talking about a coup d'etat," said union leader and Zelaya ally Rafael Alegria. "This is regrettable." I can just see that a bunch of soldiers got drunk last night, decided to go out and take the president into their custody, and were surprised when it worked. So they took him to the airport and put him on a plane in his pajamas, heading to that city of eternal love, Buenos Aires... Now the rest of the country has to decide if they will take him back or just buy him some clean underwear. This is the development to watch today...
President Obama just issued this statement, drafted by the State Department: "I am deeply concerned by reports coming out of Honduras regarding the detention and expulsion of President Mel Zelaya. As the Organization of American States did on Friday, I call on all political and social actors in Honduras to respect democratic norms, the rule of law and the tenets of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. Any existing tensions and disputes must be resolved peacefully through dialogue free from any outside interference." In other words, Good Luck, Jack, we're not buying you a ticket back home...
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