As Scott noted here, President Obama’s insistent support for deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is bizarre, in view of the fact that Zelaya is a) virulently anti-American, and 2) apparently insane. The Obama administration’s demand that Zelaya be returned to power is based on the claim that he was removed “illegally” by a “military coup.”
Many observers, however, have pointed out that the deposition of Zelaya was entirely legal under the Honduran Constitution, and that constitutional formalities were followed by both the National Congress and the Supreme Court of Honduras. Now, the Law Library of Congress’s Directorate of Legal Research has reviewed the legal issues under Honduran law and concluded that the deposition of Zelaya was entirely legal:
As stated in the answer to question II(a), above, the Supreme Court, based on its constitutional powers, heard the case against Zelaya and applied the appropriate procedure mandated by the Code of Criminal Procedure. … Available sources indicate that the judicial and legislative branches applied constitutional and statutory law in the case against President Zelaya in a manner that was judged by the Honduran authorities from both branches of the government to be in accordance with the Honduran legal system.
What was going on, of course, was that Zelaya was trying to set himself up as an anti-American dictator for life, along the lines of his heroes Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. Why an American administration would want to lend support to such a usurpation of power is inexplicable, assuming that the administration is not itself anti-American.
Via The Corner.