August 24, 2005

Crazy, The Sequel

First he said it, then he tried to deny it. At least the press seems willing to point out the fact that the only mischaracterization here is emanating from Robertson:

... "Is it right to call for assassination? No, and I apologize for that statement," he said in a written statement.

Earlier, Robertson said that his remarks about Chavez were taken out of context and that he never called for the killing of the Latin American leader.

"I didn't say 'assassination.' I said our special forces should 'take him out.' And 'take him out' can be a number of things, including kidnapping; there are a number of ways to take out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted by the AP [Associated Press], but that happens all the time," Robertson said on "The 700 Club."

... "If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think we really ought to go ahead and do it," said Robertson Monday. "It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war." ...

Pat Robertson calls for the death of a foreign leader, puts up an easily disproven defense, then finally apologizes for one specific word. He doesn't apologize for calling for the death of Venezuela's hard won democracy, for violently overturning the will of their voting public.

The man has no shame, and no respect for representative government.

Posted by natasha at August 24, 2005 01:20 PM | International | Technorati links |

Unfortunately there are lots of people who have no use for representative democracy - like the Venezuelan elite. Actually, they do like it, but only as long as their candidates win.

And as far as the U.S. elite goes - they have a long sad history in Latin America, Allende, Arbenz, Bosch and on and on.

So make no mistake. Robertson may seem like a loon but the U.S. right and defense establishment want Chavez out. In fact one went so far as to issue a report calling for "regime change" in Venezuela within the next year:

Posted by: oil wars at August 24, 2005 01:57 PM