January 27, 2012

In Honduras, a Mess Made in the U.S.

Dana Frank, New York Times

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Why has the State Department thrown itself behind the Lobo administration despite brutal evidence of the regime’s corruption? In part because it has caved in to the Cuban-American constituency of Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and her allies. They have been ferocious about Honduras as a first domino with which to push back against the line of center-left and leftist governments that have won elections in Latin America in the past 15 years. With its American air base, Honduras is also crucial to the United States’ military strategy in Latin America.

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TAGGED: United States, Honduras, Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosale, Porfirio Lobo, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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