Yesterday the New York Times featured and article headlined “How the Most Dangerous Place on Earth Just Got Safer“. Better yet, the subtitle is: “Programs funded by the United States are helping transform Honduras. Who says American power is dead?”
So let’s take that apart for a minute. “Programs funded by the United States are helping transform Honduras“. Well, isn’t that nice. In 2009, just 7 years ago, Honduras was doing pretty well. President Manuel Zelaya’s programs to aid and empower the poor, the vast majority of Honduran citizens were working and people were living better than they had in a long time. There was a feeling of hope for a better future for all in Honduras. Well, except for some wealthy businessmen who felt that they were not getting their due. The US has a large base in Honduras, and there were concerns about the effects of a democratized Honduras on US priorities.
So, a US backed coup approved by Hillary Clinton though publicly disavowed by Barack Obama, removed President Zelaya from office before he could secure himself to continue the popular transition.