If you’re just learning about the coup d’etat underway in Honduras, where at 6 a.m. this morning President Manuel Zelaya underwent a forced rendition by Honduran soldiers and was flown straight to Costa Rica, Machetera has very little to add. Except this. At his press conference today in Costa Rica, Zelaya spoke of entering a plane where all the shades were drawn and he was not permitted to lift any of them, the better to remain in the dark (literally) as to where he was or where he might be going. Just like the 2004 kidnapping described by Haiti’s president, Jean Bertrand Aristide. The one thing you have to say for the CIA is that it’s totally consistent – lack of imagination is its hallmark.
An early AP report speculated that Zelaya had been flown to Venezuela. This of course is total stupidity. Shame on the AP reporters who thought it up. Of course he wouldn’t be flown to Venezuela, where the problem would have been immediately recognized and the kidnapping forcefully rejected. Can you even imagine the phone call to Chávez? A six year old would know better. No. He was flown to a country where they knew they wouldn’t even have to bother asking permission to land. At the same press conference with Zelaya, when Costa Rican president Oscar Arias was asked if he had personally given landing permission, the look on his face was one of someone who is being forced to eat something particularly unpleasant. No, he answered. At no moment was he consulted.
Of course the new decider, Obama, is just a wee bit undecided about the whole thing…waiting to see how the whole thing “plays out” while Honduran military men are beating the hell out of the Cuban, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan ambassadors and Obama’s man in Honduras, Hugo Llorens, has his cellphone shut off.
More to come…