On Monday’s broadcast of The 700 Club, Christian Coalition founder, televangelist, ’88 presidential candidate, and friend-o-Bush Pat Robertson unloaded on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, saying, “We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability,” and accusing Chavez of intending to create a “launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism” in Venezuela.
“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 … 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. It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war … and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop,” said Robertson.
President Gerald R. Ford forbade political assassination in an executive order in the mid-’70s.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Robertson’s remarks were “inappropriate,” adding, “This is not the policy of the United States government. We do not share his views.”
Our reporting and commentary:
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A note to Pat Robertson on his recent thoughts regarding assassinations
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