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July 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Honduras: Should U.S. support coup?

Rebuff of coup a sign of changed foreign policy

Editor, The Times,

A very praiseworthy diplomatic rebuff of Honduras’ recent military coup was issued the other day by President Obama’s State Department [“Obama outmaneuvers Ch&aacutevez over Honduras,” News, July 1].

Simply put, our diplomats refused to condone the Honduran military’s excuses and ideological justifications for its actions. Other countries condemned the Honduran militarists putsch even more harshly than the U.S.

The Cold War is indeed over. There was a time not so long ago when the U.S. would have cheered for the coup instead of condemning it. Of course, the fearsome Red Threat would have been trotted out to rationalize rejecting a democratically elected president.

Thankfully, those times are past. Obama isn’t Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy or Lyndon B. Johnson.

— Frank W. Goheen, Camas

Hondurans following laws, not staging a coup

When a Supreme Court asks the military to remove a president who continues to act unlawfully, it isn’t a military coup. When a legislative body replaces the deposed president with the next in line according to a country’s laws, it isn’t a military coup. When the military seeks to restore peace by attacking the thugs supporting the deposed president, it isn’t a military coup. But that’s what is happening in Honduras, and your story called it a coup [“Honduran army coup sends elected president into exile,” News, June 29]

This story was disappointing, as is the attitude of President Obama’s administration.

The world is upside down. Obama recognizes the “free” election of Iran, which was clearly a power grab by the dictators there. But he criticizes Hondurans for acting within their constitution to prevent their country from becoming a satellite of Hugo Ch&aacutevez’s Venezuela. Whose side are we on, anyway?

— Janet Suppes, Bellevue

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