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by Jim Hightower
WAS ROBERTSON SPEAKING FOR THE BUSHITES
George W's state department was
furious with Bush's political buddy, Pat Robertson, who had just called for the
use of murder as a foreign policy tool. A department spokesman snarled that he
found Robertson's murderous suggestion "despicable."
The spokesman was
not referring to the loopy, right-wing reverend's recent call for the
assassination of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. Instead, this outraged reprimand came
in 2003 after Brother Pat had called for blowing up the state department with "a
nuclear device." Contrast the department's moral indignation back then with its
lame response last month when Robertson called for the hit on Chavez. Instead of
slinging such words as "despicable" at the goofy televangelist, the state
department merely called his remarks "inappropriate."
No, no –
"inappropriate" is using the wrong fork at a diplomatic dinner. Calling for the
U.S. government to assassinate Venezuela's democratically-elected (and very
popular) president is immoral, illegal, and... well, despicable. Why the
deliberate downplaying of Robertson's raw cry for blood? Because the Bushites do
not want to call attention to an unstated political reality: They agree with Pat
on offing Chavez, politically if not literally.
Indeed, they backed a
2002 coup against him. And even though Chavez was quickly reinstated by popular
demand and overwhelmingly won a Venezuelan referendum on his presidency, the
Bushites have continued to fund the coup leaders and to try to destabilize his
government. Also, just before Robertson blurted out that "If [Chavez] thinks
we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do
it," Pentagon chief Donnie Rumsfeld was in Paraguay signing a deal to let the
U.S. use that country as a military staging area for intervention in South
This is Jim Hightower saying... Forget what Pat Robertson says –
watch what the Bushites are doing to Venezuela. To keep up, call Global
Exchange: (415) 255-7296.
"Pat Robertson's 'nuke' idea draws
protest," www.cnn.com, August 30, 2005.
"Investigating Pat Robertson,"
www.alternet.com, August 29, 2005.
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This essay is herein reprinted with the author's
Posted October 05, 2005
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