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Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Pat Robertson

While I may agree that a dead Hugo Chavez would not be a bad thing, I also don't think that his comments are quite as big a deal as most people seem to be making them out to be.

Here's what he actually said:

"If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it," Robertson told viewers on his "The 700 Club" show Monday. "It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war."
Now, I don't really buy Pat's attempt to soften the blow by saying:

"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" program.
Look, Pat. You said the word "assassinate" followed by "we really ought to go ahead and do it". Hate to tell you, man, but that sure sounds like you're advocating his murder.

However, there are a few other issues that have come of this I think are not getting enough attention from the press. First:

Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel accused Robertson of inciting violence and challenged the White House to take action against him.

"What is the U.S. government going to do about this criminal statement made by one of its citizens?" he asked.
Actually, Mr. Rangel, Pat's statement may have been ill-advised and plain old stupid but it was not criminal. You see, we have this little thing called Freedom of Speech which is guaranteed in the 1st amendment to our very founding document. Sorry, there's just no "criminal statement" to "do" anything about.

Ironically, with all the fuss being made in this country, Hugo seems to be the only one taking the 'mature' course:

In Havana, where he had met with Cuban President Fidel Castro to discuss ties between the two countries, Chavez told reporters he had never heard of Robertson.

Asked about the broadcaster's call for his assassination, Chavez said, "It doesn't matter to me."

"I don't know who that person is," he said. "As far as his opinion of me goes, I couldn't care less."
Of course, he's also got billions in oil money to buy his personal protection...but that's beside the point.

Then there's their ambassador:

But Venezuela's ambassador to the United States, Bernardo Alvarez, said Robertson was "no ordinary private citizen" and demanded the White House strongly condemn the remarks.
You know Bernardo, President Bush does not need to respond to every nutjob, crackpot (amazing that she's now listed, huh?) or loser who manages to say something controversial. His job is to run the country, not fill his day with speeches telling people that he's not going to assassinate this or that 3rd world thug.

That's what the blogosphere is for =).


Just ran across this at Wizbang. Double standard, what double standard?


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