August 24, 2005


Chavez assassination row erupts (BBC, 8/24/05)

A row has erupted over a call by US religious broadcaster Pat Robertson for the US to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Visiting Cuba, Mr Chavez would not be drawn but his deputy said Mr Robertson had made "terrorist" remarks and the country was studying its legal options.

C'mon, when he's meeting with Castro they're givibng us a free shot at a two'fer.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 24, 2005 12:00 AM

Well, didn't the Pope offer a special indulgence for whoever would assasinate Elizabeth I?

Posted by: A F Hebert at August 24, 2005 9:56 AM

Best if Fidel and Hugo are assasinated by home-grown boys.

Best Fidel assisination plot that almost happened was cousin and jet pilot Fernando, as recounted in Carlos Eire's "Waiting for Snow in Havana." I wish you would review this book.

How Fernando planned to do Fidel in 1961 was nothing short of fantastic. It almost happened.

Posted by: Miguel at August 24, 2005 9:59 AM

Over at NRO, they are discussing a Newsweek article by George Stephanopolous (in 1997, after he left the White House) where he discusses assassinating Saddam.

Now, I think Pat Robertson is a nut, a huckster, a coward, and I don't believe he knows what he is talking about even on religious issues, but if a former (key) White House advisor can put such an idea in a major news weekly, then old Pat should be OK on this. Chavez is not Saddam (yet), but he is most certainly a fine junior Ba'athist, and should be treated as such.

The time has come to gaslight Castro and Chavez 6 ways from Sunday. Besides, getting rid of the commandante will let us read the files about Chris Dodd.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 24, 2005 10:53 AM

It is a bit amusing to see the immense coverage Robertson's comments have received. Especially considering the complete lack of coverage in the MSM of the repeated instances in which Air America hosts have advocated taking out our own President...

Posted by: b at August 24, 2005 11:53 AM