Q: What did Hillary to do Honduras?
As secretary of state in 2009, she helped orchestrate a coup against a center-left president there, which resulted in a wave of political killings. LGBT activists and peasant activists in particular have been targeted but opposition politicians and journalists have been murdered by military police there too. This is still going on and was the main reason for the tens of thousands of central american children who were trying to enter the US unaccompanied in 2014.
Clinton’s behind-the-scenes opposition to bringing President Zelaya back after the coup was an terrible choice, and she deserves to be criticized harshly for it. It looks to me as if she prioritized business interests and political expediency over democracy. And doing this behind the scenes while publicly claiming to want Zelaya returned to office was hypocritical.
The consequences of the coup have been awful.
But I’m not aware of any evidence that Clinton “helped orchestrate” the coup. Rodolfo Pastor, who worked for President Zelaya, has written “the American government did not, as such, order or mount or stage the coup—it just danced along with its monsters.” Is there reason to think he was wrong?
Furthermore, it doesn’t seem likely that Zelaya could have been peacefully restored to the Presidency, even if Clinton had supported his position. Am I mistaken about that?
(I’m still planning to vote for Clinton. I wish there were a credible Presidential candidate running, who I liked better than Hillary Clinton on foreign policy. But there isn’t.)