They had a court order. Fausta updated:
Indeed, Honduras’ La Prensa states that (My translation: If you use this, please credit me and link to this post)
An official statement of the Supreme Court of Justice explained that the Armed Forces acted under lawful grounds when detaining the President of the Republic, and by decommissioning the materials to be used on the illegal poll which aimed to bring forth Executive Power against a judicial order.Other sources verified that the president of the Congress, Roberto Micheletti, will assume the presidency of the republic in a few hours.
Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was detained this morning by the military in compliance with an order of the courts of law.
Meanwhile, the foreign policy experts over at State and the White House* have gone into, bluntly, full Ugly American mode: they're currently declining to recognize the right of the Hondurans to remove their own head of state on constitutional grounds. Apparently, when it's a choice between a chief executive on the one hand and said chief executive's country's judiciary, legislature, military, and own political party on the other... well, it all apparently depends on what Hugo Chavez thinks.
Let's just hope that they don't ask Chavez what he thinks about the Jews.
PS: Let me expand on that just a little. I don't think that this administration is slavishly following Chavez's lead: I think that they care so little about South American affairs that accommodating their stance to that of a darling of the radical Left seems to them to be a no-brainer. If the White House is worried about getting the answer to this wrong, it's not immediately obvious.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.