The radiation-paranoid Manuel Zelaya can’t seriously be defended or supported any longer, not even by the Obama administration, which has seemed intent on aiding Hugo Chávez’s ally at all costs. The Washington Post‘s editors still cling to the notion that his removal–with the concurrence of the Honduran supreme court, legislature, and military–was illegal. But enough is enough. Zelaya is after all making “hysterical accusations about being bombarded with radiation and toxic gases by ‘Israeli mercenaries.’” Yeah, really.
So what’s the solution? Well, they have an election coming up in Honduras–the very one Hillary Clinton declared would be illegitimate unless the crazy guy was reinstated. Hmm. Maybe we should forget about putting Zelaya back in office, write the editors, and just have the elections under “the plan put forward months ago by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias.”
That would mean a rather humiliating about-face for the administration. But they specialize in about-faces these days. If they can dispense with a settlement freeze as a precondition for Middle East peace talks, pull the rug out from under the Poles and the Czechs on missile defense, and admit error on the Guantánamo closing deadline, surely they can dump Zelaya and push for elections to put the entire episode behind them and the Honduran people, right?
Meanwhile, someone should ask the Obama team how it was that they formulated a policy, cut off aid to an ally, and invested so much diplomatic energy based on the commitment to restore to power a fellow who bears an uncanny resemblance to a mentally deranged homeless person.