pat robertson is just giving voice to sentiments already held in the white house. in some sense, he may have helped chavez out by shining a light on the fact that the CIA has assassination on the table as an option. it makes the actual execution of a plan much more difficult with US public attention focused on…well they’re focused on the idea that pat robertson is a fucking nutbag, and have no idea where venezuela is. probably near mexico, right? they’ll forget about the whole thing in a week. but truth is, pat robertson is just a rightwing preacher who allowed himself to speak unguardedly about something his pals now wish he had left unsaid. it really hits very close to the truth, and speaks volumes about the iraq war:
“You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it,” Robertson said. “It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war … and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.”
“We don’t need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator,” he continued. “It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.”
there is no question that hugo chavez does not fit into a neocon agenda. he is pissing off all the major oil companies, he’s a socialist, he’s making petroleum deals with cuba and china, and he wants it to be known that his nation is not dependent on the united states.
we, on the other hand, are probably dependent on venezuela. they are our third largest foreign supplier of oil. so, call pat robertson a fucking kook if you like, but the reality is that there are a lot of people, and in top positions of the government, thinking and talking about the same thing.
the press is making pat robertson out to be some kind of fringe lunatic. they sure haven’t looked much at the present administration.
i posted a clarification on this post.