Yesterday, televangelist and wingnuttus emeritus Pat Robertson looked into a camera on the set of his faux news program “The 700 Club” and advised the Bush Administration to assassinate Hugo Chavez, the democratically elected as the president of Venezuela:
“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,” Mr. Robertson said. “It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war . . . and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.”
Robertson, the 75-year old leading light of the Christianist extremist movement in the United States, offered this rationale for murdering President Chavez:
“We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability… We don’t need another $200-billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator.
“It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.”