Military coup underway in Honduras Way to go, anonymous U.S. official
Jun 282009

Advocates of generous U.S. military assistance to the Americas insist that such aid fosters military-to-military ties that:

  1. Promote respect for human rights, democratic values and the rule of law; and
  2. Build fluid channels of communication with military officers from those countries.

A key test for these assumptions would be Honduras. As it is the hemisphere’s fourth-largest feeder of students since 1998 to the School of the Americas and its successor, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Honduras would be almost a model case.

Consider a just-published AP report based on a Sunday afternoon briefing with “two senior [U.S.] administration officials” speaking “on condition of anonymity.” Here is the response that concerned U.S. officials got from a military that it has invested heavily in training and equipping.

“[T]he U.S. told Honduran military leaders and other power players there that the United States and other nations in the Americas would not support a coup. They say Honduran military officials stopped taking their calls as the crisis unfolded.”

The argument that military aid guarantees “influence” has been put to the test, and has failed.

2 Responses to “When your aid recipients stop taking your calls”

  1. GS Says:

    “Guarantees?” Is that really the argument coming from the pro-military aid camp? Those folks tend to chose their words carefully. I have heard them say, often and repeatedly, that such aid “promotes” increased influence.

  2. Jaime Bustos Says:

    GS, I guess that’s exactly what Adam is trying to convey. However not even Adam knows if under the table a totally different thing was planned and guarantees are indeed in effect.

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