Friday, July 17, 2009
The Soto Cano Air Base (a.k.a "Palmerola") is a joint U.S. and Honduras military base located in the central Honduran valley of Comayagua. It is without doubt the biggest obstacle Hugo Chavez sees to his plan to "takeover" Honduras. Since the removal of Manuel Zelaya from the Honduran Presidency on June 28 for multiple violations of the Honduran Constitution, the "fantastic trio" of Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and Raul Castro have all had the audacity to call on the U.S. to "punish" Honduras by removing its troops from the base. Wouldn't that be convenient? Many Hondurans know that if it were not for the presence of American military personnel and hardware on Honduran soil, Chavez would have already mounted and executed an overt military operation in an attempt to restore his puppet Zelaya back into the Presidency.