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Kyrgystan/Honduras – I have to ask the obvious question…

First though, the background:

Kyrgyzstan’s ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev insisted Wednesday that he was still the rightful leader of his country, breaking several days of silence after his flight into exile.

“I, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, am the legally elected president of Kyrgyzstan and recognised by the international community,” he said, speaking to reporters in Belarus where he took refuge earlier this week.

“I do not recognise my resignation. Nine months ago the people of Kyrgyzstan elected me their president and there is no power that can stop me. Only death can stop me,” Bakiyev said in the Belarussian capital Minsk.

After the fit the Obama administration threw about Honduras enforcing its Constitution by deposing their president who had violated it, I’m sure we’re being consistent with Kyrgyzstan.  After all, we insisted (and still insist) that the former president of Honduras – the the “duly elected president” – must be returned to power before relations with Honduras will normalize.  I assume the Obama administration is insisting the same thing happen in Kyrgyzstan, right?

The interim Kyrgyz government that took power in a violent revolt last week has been officially recognized by the United States, the US ambassador to the country announced Sunday.





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7 Responses to Kyrgystan/Honduras – I have to ask the obvious question…

  • Hmmm…something about being removed if a birth certificate was found to be invalid comes to mind.

  • It seems to me that the Obama Administration applies a simple calculus to such situations: they determine which course of action goes against American interests, then they follow that path.

    • No, what they do is observe the laws a country has, and then agree with the course that appears to violate those laws.  Don’t feel bad, they apply the same approach here.  Now some people might think we just do whatever the F* Obama feels like doing today, but those who are paying attention realize he’s less random in what he feels like doing than it might appear to a casual observer.
      Keep in mind, crisis, turmoil, inconsistency and confusion are weapons against an orderly society, especially a capitalist one where uncertainty and confusion affect currency flow.

  • We do still need access to Manas Air Base.  Perhaps recognition was the new government’s price for continued access to thebase.  The difference between the two situations would be the lack of a  a pressing US national security interest in Honduras meant Obama didn’t feel restrained from supporting his socialist buddy.

    • I think Obama just decided to cave, for nothing in return. Putin is calling the shots over there, and I think what he wants most is to close the US base and reduce any possible US influence in the region. I fail to see why he would cut a deal with Obama, since so far he gets what he wants for free.

      In other news, Iran is sending more of its specops troops to help Hugo Chavez.