A few weeks ago Iran was engulfed in civil unrest, that's putting it lightly. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "won" re-election to that office over someone seen as a reformer. The people of Iran felt like they'd just been had. And with the number of ballots cast exceeding the number of those eligible to vote by 25% or more I think they were on to something. The people came out in numbers to protest and were met with nothing short of brutal oppression by the regime, including the outright murder of protesters. The violence raged on for what seemed like an eternity with no comment of even acknowledgement from President Obama. When Obama did speak on these events, the commentary was bland, at best.
More recently, President Manuel Zelaya, noted leftist and all around lackey of Hugo Chavez and the Castros, was kicked out of office. Honduras has a constitutional ammendment limiting the President to one term. Zelaya's term was to be up in 2010. That was not enough time for President Zelaya's liking. He insisted that the constitution be ammended so he can stay in power. The other branches of government and even Zelaya's own party refused this.
Zelaya basically said, screw you, and moved forward to have referrendum ballots handed out (printed by Hugo Chavez's regime.) The other branches of government used their constitutional powers to have Zelaya removed from office. Zelaya was arrested, taken out of the country and let go.
Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, Fidel Castro and Barack Obama were very quick to denounce the government of Honduras for this "military coup" (you're one to talk Fidel.) President Obama quickly lost his distaste for "meddling" when a dedicated socialist leftie was on the losing end of the stick.
Here are a few facts about the situation in Honduras:
-Zelaya was attempting to subvert the Constitution of the Honduras.
-The actions taken by the Judicial and Legislative branches and the military were prescribed by the law.
-There was no bloodshed.
-Zelaya was removed by members of his own party; this was not a case of idealogues overthrowing each other.
So why does Obama not like what is going on in Honduras? It is a reminder that his power grabs are being watched and he does not like it when socialists lose. Ask yourself, would Obama meddle if instead of Honduras it were Columbia (with a conservative/capialist President)? I thing not.