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The Ghost of President Bush

Now Being Prepared for Release: Honduras: Who’s Calling the Shots – The Ghost of President Bush or the New White House?

by COHA Staff

The U.S.’s shocking performance at the OAS regarding Honduras suggests that the State Department has not heard that President Obama won the election. Who in Washington is making the Obama administration’s Honduran policy? The answer is, for the most part, the Bush crowd.

Latest example: Deputy Chief of Mission to the OAS and Senior Career Foreign Service Officer, W. Lewis Amselem gave a speech there that would have gladdened the Bush White House. A close look at Amselem’s record shows that this is no accident. Amselem is a hard-line figure who served for decades of the Cold War in Guatemala, Guyana, Bolivia, SOUTHCOM and Panama. His inflammatory remarks the other day regarding Honduras’ ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, make him a prime candidate for replacement and retirement. He was not just taking orders; his behavior is in keeping with his recorded performance during his entire career.

This analysis was prepared by COHA Staff
Posted 29 Sep 2009
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