[News] Clinton Manages Corp that Funds Honduras Coup Regime
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US Secretary of State Clintons Micro-Management
of the Corporation that Funds the Honduras Coup Regime
Records Demonstrate that the Secretary Has
Hands-On Control of the Fund that Gave $6.5
Million to the Regime After the June 28 Coup
By Bill Conroy and Al Giordano
Special to The Narco News Bulletin
August 11, 2009
In recent days, Narco News has reported that, in
the three months prior to the June 28 coup detat
in Honduras, the
Millennium Change Corporation (MCC) gave at least
$11 million US dollars to private-sector
contractors in Honduras and also that
the coup it has doled out another $6.5 million.
The latter revelation that the money spigot has
been left on even after the coup comes in spite
of claims by the State Department that it has
placed non-humanitarian funding on pause pending a yet-unfinished review.
Narco News has further learned based on a
review documents available on the websites of the
Millennium Challenge Corporation and the US State
Department that Secretary Clinton, as chairman
of the MCC board, is not just a figurehead in
name only. She has played an extremely active
role in governing and promoting the fund and its decisions.
An <http://www.mcc.gov/blog/ceo/>August 6
statement by MCC acting chief executive officer
Darius Mans praises Clinton and President Obama
for their balls-out support of MCC:
Now, well into a new administration and era, I am
encouraged by the level of support MCC has been
given by Congress and senior government leaders.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, chair
of MCCs board, confirms, President Obama
supports the MCC, and the principle of greater
accountability in our foreign assistance
programs. The Secretary herself has referred to
Millennium Challenge grants as a very important
part of our foreign policy. It is a new approach,
and its an approach that we think deserves
support. Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew has
said, MCC is getting off the ground and making real progress.
Secretary Clintons official blog at the State
Department reveals that the
10 meeting of MCCs board just 18 days before
the Honduras coup was on the Secretarys schedule:
Heres what Hillary has on her plate for today,
June 10th: 10:00 a.m. Millennium Challenge
Corporation (MCC) Board Meeting and Luncheon.
Last March, the previous MCC acting executive
director Rodney Bent <http://www.mcc.gov/blog/ceo/page/2/>wrote:
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton chaired
her first MCC Board meeting this week. I was
pleased to be part of this historic transition,
and I welcomed Secretary Clintons active
participation at the meeting. Her presence and
the presence of Treasury Secretary Timothy
Geithner and other public and private sector
Board members signal the importance of MCCs
ongoing commitment to delivering change in the lives of the worlds poor.
A recent move by the Clinton-led MCC board
documents that the US-funded corporation has
already discussed the cutting of funds to another
Central American country, Nicaragua, based on
criticism of its government, and that this was
the topic of MCCs June 10 session, chaired by
Christian Science Monitor reported:
LEÓN, NICARAGUA - US concerns over last years
questionable municipal elections in Nicaragua
could be strong enough to cause leftist President
Daniel Ortega, a cold-war nemesis of the US, to
lose $64 million in development aid.
In a Wednesday meeting with the board of
directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation
(MCC), an international development initiative
started during the Bush administration, Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton will discuss whether to
cancel the remaining portion of a $175 million compact awarded in 2006.
In December, the US government froze new aid
after expressing serious concern about the
government of Nicaraguas manipulation of
municipal elections and a broader pattern of
actions inconsistent with the MCC eligibility criteria.
At the June 10 meeting, the MCC board approved
partially terminating the agencys foreign-aid
resulting in some $62 million in U.S. foreign
aid being withheld from that nation, which shares
a border with Honduras. And in May o f this year,
the Clinton-led MCC board approved the
termination of the agencys compact with
in the wake of
coup in that nation. However, no such action has
been taken by the MCC board, to date, in the wake of the Honduran coup.
In the context of President Obamas statement
last weekend that those who urge the US to take
stronger action against the Honduras coup regime
think that its appropriate for us to suddenly
act in ways that in every other context they
consider inappropriate, calling it hypocrisy.
The revelation that Clinton and MCC have already
sanctioned the elected government of Nicaragua
and its private sector in ways that it so far
refuses to sanction the illegal coup regime of
Honduras and its private backers has revealed one
important fact: That Washington has already
determined that its appropriate to deny MCC
funds to a country for lighter and more transient
reasons than those that exist to sanction a coup regime in another.
Didnt a certain US President, last weekend,
speak the word hypocrisy in the context of the US and the Honduras coup?
If its appropriate to sanction Nicaragua for
lesser reasons, why not apply the sanction of
denying MCC funds to a criminal coup regime in
Honduras that Washington claims it has paused
giving money, but that it continues to fund?
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