A presidential election is currently scheduled for November. That election must be undertaken in a free, fair, and transparent manner. It must also be free of taint [they used the word "taint." heh, heh.] and open to all Hondurans to exercise their democratic franchise. At this moment, we would not be able to support the outcome of the scheduled elections. A positive conclusion of the Arias process would provide a sound basis for legitimate elections to proceed. We strongly urge all parties to the San Jose talks to move expeditiously to agreement.
- Ian Kelly, U.S. State Department Spokesman
I could be wrong but that sure feels like some severe pressure for Honduras to accept the San Jose "agreement," which requires that Zelaya be returned to the Presidency. In other words, the State Department is saying: this MoFo broke your laws, defied and disobeyed your courts, was attempting to trash the Constitution he was elected to uphold and defend, wanted to install himself as a dictator (probably for life), and basically tried to sell your country to Hugo Chavez, but for the sake of political expediency, We (the United States, the most powerful nation on the planet) have decided you Hondurans need to suck it up, hang your heads in indignity and humiliation, and take this miscreant back as your President.
To my many American friends I ask: How would you feel if the roles were reversed and you were faced with the same circumstances? Put yourself in the shoes of a Honduran patriot for a minute. How would you feel if George W. Bush or — God forbid — Barack Obama tried to violently trample your Bill of Rights or, more broadly, the entire Constitution of the United States? What if your President was carrying out these action based on the advice of Osama Bin Laden or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? I know that any American friend of mine worth his or her salt would go frickin' bat-shit crazy berserk! And with good reason!
So why is it different for Hondurans? What is this crap your State Department is throwing in our direction that is basically saying that our sense of dignity and patriotism is somehow inferior to yours? It's just not right, guys. You know it.