Barack Obama has heads scratching over his insistence on holding President Manuel Zelaya as the legitimate authority in Honduras after Zelaya defied that country's supreme court in seeking a public referendum to install himself permanently in power.
Secretary of State Clinton has now joined the fray. Enjoy Morrissey's comments following the news report segment:
“We do think that this has evolved into a coup,” Clinton told reporters, adding the administration was withholding that determination for now.
Asked if the United States was currently considering cutting off aid, Clinton shook her head no.
Note to the administration: if certain terms trigger actions you want to avoid, don’t use them. And if you say, “We do think that this has evolved into a coup,” then you’re not withholding that determination — you’ve just announced it! If we have a rule that halts aid after a coup, it’s worse to say that we think it’s a coup but we won’t officially call it that to keep aid flowing than it is to just refrain from calling it a coup in the first place.