It Continues to be a Military Coup
If the Honduran coup was a “normal” military coup (bloody, military is in command, no state powers are present), they [the U.S. State Dept.] would have said so a long time ago, but since the “state powers” are in “effect” (meaning it is not the military who is in power) they can’t clearly say that it is a military coup. I’m not saying I support it, I’m just saying it’s different.
It’s still a military coup because the military were involved in the planning, execution, and now in the maintenance of the coup. The military were not simply following orders. According to their own admission, they made the decision to exile the president. They have stated that their training does not permit them to accept a leftist president. Also, the high command of the military expressed recently that they acted to save Honduras from falling into the hands of Hugo Chavez, expressing political opinions when they are supposed to be non-political and non-deliberating. So, don’t believe the coup leaders when they say this is not a coup because the face of a military man is not displayed as head of government. This is what is called a neocoup, one in which powerful business and foreign interests (who have always been the true powers behind every coup in Latin America) decided it was best not give a military face to the coup but a civilian one to give it a veneer of legality. The U.S. State Dept. continues to have a wait-and-see attitude because it does not want to alienate right-wing elements within the U.S. government and society.