This is just one of the ways you can tell that the U.S. is backing a coup:
A visiting U.S. official said Saturday that the Maldives wasn't ready for early elections as a way out of its political crisis as the Indian Ocean nation's new president agreed to an independent investigation into his takeover of power. ... [U.S.-backed usurper Mohammed Waheed Hassan] said Saturday there wasn't a need for "a snap election," saying that "the country is deeply divided and the political landscape has many potholes."
[U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert] Blake endorsed Hassan's position not to hold early elections and urged Nasheed's Maldivian Democratic Party to join the proposed coalition.
"Members of the civil society told me that the country is not ready for early elections now because the police, election commission and judiciary are not sufficiently prepared to ensure free and fair elections," Blake said, urging the formation of a broad coalition to enable those institutions to be reformed.
(Apparently "members of the civil society" does not include deposed president Mohamed Nasheed and the people who elected him, who are calling for the early elections; funny how that works.)
The mechanisms of democracy prevention do vary depending on the country and the situation. In this case helping the favored coup government solidify its grip on power means blocking elections, but other times it means pushing for sham elections and blocking attempts to invalidate them:
In Honduras this past summer and fall, the U.S. government did everything it could to prevent the rest of the hemisphere from mounting an effective political opposition to the coup government in Honduras. For example, they blocked the Organization of American States from taking the position that it would not recognize elections that took place under the dictatorship. At the same time, the Obama administration publicly pretended that it was against the coup.
What's interesting here isn't so much the standard backing of a violent anti-democratic coup or the minutiae of how that support is being carried out, though, but the presumptive reason why the Obama administration is backing this particular coup: because Nasheed was one of the most outspoken proponents of real action on global warming. More than anything else, the U.S. backing for the Maldives coup is another illustration of just how determined the Obama administration is to do nothing at all about climate change.
ADDING: Good luck getting a liberal to understand that. The U.S. position on global warming has remained perfectly consistent from Clinton/Gore to Bush to Obama; the only difference has been how it's publicly represented. But all it takes is the most perfunctory rhetoric—even when it's entirely at odds with concrete evidence—to convince liberals that the Democrats are on their side.