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The State Department Scolds Zelaya Again

Obama has let the Honduran coup continue.

He's done so by not cutting off all aid to the country, and by not denouncing the coup makers strongly enough.

He's also done so by letting the State Department say things that are either diametrically opposed to his own words or that undermine them, in any event.

For instance, Obama called the coup a coup; Hillary Clinton has never let that word pass her lips.

Obama called for the restoration of the democratically elected government of Manuel Zelaya. But when Zelaya first returned to Honduras, Hillary Clinton called it "reckless and imprudent" of him.

Now, after Zelaya has taken asylum in the Brazilian embassy in Honduras, the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States, Lewis Anselem, just echoed Clinton by calling his move "irresponsible and foolish."

And, with great condescension, the ambassador said Zelaya should stop "acting as though he were starring in an old movie."

Actually, what we're seeing is an old movie, and a bad one at that. It's a movie called U.S. imperialism, and it keeps running and running and running.

Even though Obama yelled cut earlier this year and promised a relationship of equality with Latin America.

On April 19 at the Summit of the Americas, Obama said: "At times we sought to dictate our terms. But I pledge to you that we seek an equal partnership. There is no senior partner and junior partner in our relations; there is simply engagement based on mutual respect and common interests and shared values."

But between Obama's words and the actions of his Administration falls the shadow.

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Matthew Rothschild

Matthew Rothschild

Matthew Rothschild is senior editor of The Progressive magazine.

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