House Foreign Affairs Chairman: It Was a Coup in Honduras
Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), writing in the Los Angeles Times, is tired of euphemistic language about the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya:
This one looks, walks and quacks like a duck. It’s time to stop hedging and call this bird what it is. And if, for whatever reason, the State Department lawyers do not conclude that this was a coup, Congress should examine other ways by which it can directly affect the flow of aid.
Berman’s GOP counterpart on the committee, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), ought to have an energetic response, as she’s defended the coup as “legal and constitutionally sound” and blasted use of the c-word as “political rhetoric.”