"George W. Bush is a jerk. His administration is a mafia of assassins." Now, when you read words like this you automatically assume that you are listening to the latest pronouncements of Mr. Sobersides himself, Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean. Guess again -- it's Castro's "Mega-me" in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, and furthermore, Mr. Chavez says that Condoleeza Rice dreams of him at night. (She may be having nightmares after she reads this.)
While there has often been a bizarrely comic element to evil men throughout history, the stark truth remains that behind all that ludicrously clownish bluster lie hearts of stone with mad and evil intentions which usually end in human misery, persecution and death -- not to mention war and pestilence.
Chavez is just one more danger lurking out there on the horizon. With petrodollars to burn, and Castro as his mentor, Chavez is sticking his thumbs into lots of dangerous pies and pulling out all sorts of nasty surprises for the U.S.
Hugo Chavez, another beacon of freedom brought to you courtesy of that great purveyor of peace himself, Mr. Jimmy Carter, who hustled to Venezuela to hastily pronounce the latest referendum on Chavez as fair and free, before all the votes had been completely counted, and in spite of legitimate questions by other election observers. (Thank goodness he didn't lend his imprimature to the first Ukrainian election.) When you add the betrayal of the Shah and the return of the mullahs along with the giving away of the Panama Canal to Mr. Carter's Nobelian achievements, you can see why he is lionized in Europe and on the left.
But back to Chavez. I would hope that the U.S. officials have done more than "begun to suspect" this maniac's intentions. He has gone to very few pains to hide his animosity to the United States and has openly courted America's enemies, China, Russia, naroterrorists and even reportedly given aid and comfort to Islamoterrorists. Let's get on the ball here.
Where's gunboat diplomacy and the Monroe Doctrine when you really need it?
Times Online has the story:
Chavez, 50, is rapidly becoming a US nightmare in Latin America. He aroused further American anger last week by threatening to form a nuclear alliance with Iran. The prospect of two hostile, oil-rich governments working together against US interests has shocked Washington and plunged relations with Venezuela to a dangerous new low.
US officials have begun to suspect that Chavez is plotting to become the "new Castro" � the leading voice in the region of leftist anti-Americanism.
. . . "We want to initiate nuclear research and ask for help from countries like Iran," he said.
While US officials have dismissed some of Chavez's threats as bluster, intelligence sources are concerned about claims that he has given alleged terrorists Venezuelan passports.