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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 America.

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.

 

Sources:

"Pat Robertson's 'nuke' idea draws protest," www.cnn.com, August 30, 2005.
"Investigating Pat Robertson," www.alternet.com, August 29, 2005.
www.gophypocrites.com

 

(c) 2005, Copyright - Saddleburr Productions, Inc.  This essay is herein reprinted with the author's permission.

 


Posted  October 05, 2005

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