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Pat Robertson Calls for the Assasination of Hugo Chavez

Pat Robertson is not only presuming to speak for God, he is again "playing God" and recently called for the assasination of Hugo Chavez, democratically elected president of Venezuela. Chavez's crime? He is seeking to increase oil exports with China and other Asian nations.
Robertson Advises Bush to Take Already Self-Destructive Vendetta Against Chávez to an Outrageous Extreme

U.S. Policy Toward Venezuela: Playing With Oil, Playing With Trade, Playing With Fire

Radical right-wing Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson took the future of U.S. diplomacy in South America into his own hands Monday night when he urged the U.S. government to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. In a widely viewed broadcast of his television show, The 700 Club, Robertson characterized Chávez as a “terrific danger? to U.S. interests abroad and accused him of turning Venezuela into “a launching pad for Communist infiltration and Muslim extremism all over the continent.? Robertson’s comments devolved from baseless to inflammatory when he blatantly called for the Venezuelan leader’s assassination, urging, “We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability.?

The Bush administration has denied that it plans to assassinate Chávez, but it is quite clear that the U.S. hopes to topple Venezuela’s democratically-elected leader. In fact, Robertson’s incendiary language mimicked the equally irresponsible rhetoric directed at Chávez by Secretary of State Rice, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and even President Bush himself, who have accused the Venezuelan leader of “destabilizing? other Latin American countries. Unsurprisingly, none of the administration’s charges have been backed up by even a sliver of credible evidence.

It is possible that Washington hopes to use its unsubstantiated allegations to prepare the groundwork for another attempted coup of Chávez, just as it utilized false claims that he stole the 1998 presidential election to help hatch the failed attempt to overthrow the Venezuelan president in 2002. Such anti-Chávez odium on behalf of the U.S. administration does not reflect legitimate derelictions on Chávez’s part. Instead, it represents Washington’s distaste for his friendship with Cuban leader Fidel Castro, which has absorbed 95 percent of the attention that the U.S. addresses to Latin America. It also echoes the Bush administration’s discomfort with the Venezuelan president’s vision to make the region less hospitable to multinational corporations, create difficulties for international lending institutions such as the IMF, open Latin American crude oil reserves to new clients like China, discard the U.S.-backed FTAA in favor of MERCOSUR and apply the brakes to the U.S.’ neo-liberal development model.

Further revealing the Bush administration’s subversive agenda in Venezuela, Congress recently passed legislation to ensure that slanted U.S. media broadcasts – such as Robertson’s crackpot commentary – infiltrate Venezuela’s airwaves. Though the State Department has disassociated itself from Robertson’s unfounded and outrageous comments, the Bush administration’s unsavory track record in Venezuela betrays its agreement with his arrogant perspective. It will take more than a few quick words at a State Department press briefing to subdue the fires of anti-American sentiment that gave rise to Chávez’s widespread popularity and have isolated the U.S. from the rest of the western hemisphere.

This commentary was prepared by COHA Research Associates Teddy Chestnut and Jessie Gaskell.

For more information, see COHA’s recent press releases on Venezuela: "Look out Telenovelas, Telesur is in Town" authored by COHA Research Associates Melissa Nepomiachi and Daniel Pacheco, "Rumsfeld and Rice on Chávez: But Where’s the Beef?" authored by COHA Research Associate Hampden Macbeth and "?lo Presidente Hugo Chávez: Latin America's Rising Superstar" authored by COHA Research Fellow Sarah E. Schaffer and COHA Research Associate Teddy Chestnut.

Memorandum to the Press 05.99

August 23, 2005

The Council on Hemispheric Affairs, founded in 1975, is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, tax-exempt research and information organization. It has been described on the Senate floor as being “one of the nation’s most respected bodies of scholars and policy makers.? For more information, please see our web page at; or contact our Washington offices by phone (202) 223-4975, fax (202) 223-4979, or email coha (at)

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Re: Pat Robertson Calls for the Assasination of Hugo Chavez

What Would Jesus Say?


I think the title of this comment explains it well enough, but this is also just another example of how hypocritical our government is. What if a Muslim cleirc had called for the assasination of Tony Blair? Do you think he would be a free man, much less allowed to continue his daily radio and TV broadcasts to further spread such hate and violent messages? This is ridiculous. The Bush White House has refused to garuntee Chavez's safety in the upcoming UN meeting in NY. If I were Chavez, I wouldn't go or at least not without a HUGE protective force. This man is Latin Americas best chance to finally, after generations of exploitation, lift off the chains of imperialism and determine for itself, country by country, the path that the people want for themselves.

Taking it a step further

On Counter Spin on Friday the host made a great point about the corporate news who, in the aftermath of Robertson's pronouncement, had tried to give "equal time" to Robertson *and* his idea for assasination along with a discussion of Hugo Chavez? WTF?? What would the United States be saying about *any* media outlet that allowed someone to discuss the legitimacy of offing President Bush?? Al-Jazeera, formerly the closest thing to an independent media in the Middle East, has been bought out (and in the process, sold out), in part because it showed tapes of Bin Laden and the U.S. didn't like it.

Re: Pat Robertson Calls for the Assasination of Hugo Chavez

Radical Muslim clerics call for the death of all westerners all the time.

As far as Robertson goes, the guy is a friggin idiot. I can't imagine why ANYONE would listen to a word he says.

Re: Pat Robertson Calls for the Assasination of Hugo Chavez

I saw a blurb in the Mercury News on Thursday or Friday that said that Pat Robertson has apologized for calling for the assasination of Hugo Chavez. However, after going to my alternative to google:
and doing a quick search, it at first appeared that that "apology" was as fake as the rest of the 700 club. At first it appeared that Pat Robertson had simply said that "take him [Chavez]out" was misinterpreted. It could mean kidnapping, not assasination. So now he is saying that what happened to Aristide in Haiti was ok? Check it out at

NBC seems to have a much clearer account of what went on, clarifying that Robertson completely apologized AFTER his Wednesday 700 club broadcast, where he was dissembling.

And by the way, Chavez is no more a dictator or terrorist than was Aristide. Both survived challenges to their elected presidencies and were reinstated into their offices by landslide majorities. I guess Pat Robertson just can't handle the thought of a POPULAR Socialist or, HEAVEN forbid (...Amen...) , TWO Popular Socialists in "our hemisphere".

For more info, check out:

and Pat Robertson's own 5% apology, 95% diatribe at


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