March 14, 2016

Clinton “Helped Legitimize” The Disastrous June 2014 Coup In Honduras

This past weekend, The Huffington Post’s Roque Planas released a full report on Secretary Clinton’s involvement in the June 2014 coup in Honduras and how her actions undermined stability in the country:

Critics argue that the U.S. push for new elections in the months after the coup helped legitimize the actions of the Honduran military, destabilize the country and pave the way for the extreme violence that followed. Killings of activists like Cáceres and others have become devastatingly common.

After Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was removed from office, Secretary Clinton went against “virtually all Latin American governments” that called for Zelaya’s restoration and “pushed for elections to bring in a new government.” Recently assassinated activist rights activist Berta Cáceres criticized Clinton’s actions in a 2014 interview:

Cáceres herself cast blame on Clinton for legitimizing the coup after the fact by supporting new elections instead of pressing to restore the Zelaya administration, according to a 2014 video interview unearthed by New York University historian Greg Grandin.

And Honduras has suffered the consequences with violence rising and rights activists increasingly under attack. Honduras even ranked as the murder capital of the world in several years following the coup, with homicide in the country peaking in 2011. According to Planas, “Killings of activists like Cáceres and others have become devastatingly common.”

With such a disastrous record, Clinton conspicuously left her work in the country after the coup out of the paperback version of her book, Hard Choices:

But that paragraph — indeed, the entire two-page discussion of the Honduran coup — disappeared from the paperback edition. In the paperback version, the chapter on Latin America ends abruptly after a look at the debate over whether Cuba should be included in the Organization of American States.

Slain activist Caceras’ nephew accused Clinton of “attempting to scrub away the blood she’s helped to spill along with the Department of Defense and the Department of State.”

Instead of taking responsibility, the Clinton campaign dismissed the criticism as “nonsense,” arguing “Hillary Clinton engaged in active diplomacy that resolved a constitutional crisis and paved the way for legitimate democratic elections.”

Sadly, this is not the first time the Secretary Clinton has dodged responsibility for the aftermath of her actions in Honduras. In a June 2014 CNN town hall in the midst of a crisis of immigrants flooding to America’s southern border, Clinton said that children at the border should be sent back:

Ironically, Secretary Clinton identified the violence her actions in Honduras precipitated as the cause of the increase in migrants attempting to make it to the U.S. before promising to send the children back to their violent home countries.

Secretary Clinton has since flip-flopped on that position and promised that she will not deport any children but the legacy of her poor decision-making at the State Department remains. Honduras is wracked by violence and rights activists face deadly reprisals from speaking out on behalf of their people. Instead of owning up to her failed record, Secretary Clinton and her campaign staff have sought to remove it from the record books.