Monday, October 02, 2006

Chavez a little crazy

Ok, a little crazy is an understatement:

Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said Sunday he has received warnings from within the White House that the Bush administration is plotting to assassinate him or topple his left-leaning government.

Citing what he said were warnings from an alleged White House informant, Chavez told thousands of supporters at a campaign rally that President Bush has ordered him to be killed before he leaves office in 2008.

Bush "has said that before he goes, Hugo Chavez shouldn't be the president of Venezuela," Chavez told the crowd. "The president of the United States has said it, especially in recent days. What he doesn't know is that I have friends in the White House."
What I don't really get, though, is that the article never quotes Chavez as saying that Bush ordered his assassination. I the direct quote above hints at some kind of removal but not really assassination. Is Chavez really so mild that the AP needs to put words in his mouth?

I bet Bush has said it. I bet he laughed when he said it too. I'd be perfectly fine with our president going on the record to say that Chavez "shouldn't be the president of Venezuela," because he's nothing more than a failed revolutionary and two-bit dictator. Folks like that ought not to be in charge of countries.