Pat Robertson Advocates Assassination
Seventeen bloggers (and counting) are on the story that Pat Robertson is insane. This is hardly breaking news.
Still, it’s sometimes amusing and enlightening to remind ourselves of these things:
Robertson called for the assassination of Venezuela’s president (Media Matters)
Pat Robertson, host of Christian Broadcasting Network’s The 700 Club and founder of the Christian Coalition of America, called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
“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. But this man is a terrific danger and the United … This is in our sphere of influence, so we can’t let this happen. We have the Monroe Doctrine, we have other doctrines that we have announced. And without question, this is a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil, that could hurt us very badly. 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.”
The usual suspects on the Left are weighing in, of course, lumping all of the Right in with Robertson. Since many on the Right do the same with Jesse Jackson and Michael Moore, I suppose that’s par for the course.
Thankfully, Robertson is getting plenty of scorn from even the non-libertarian Right.
Latin America scholar Steven Taylor gives this an “Egads” and notes the inapplicability of the Monroe Doctrine.
As does Ed Morrissey, who thinks Robertson is making it too easy on the Left.
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Update: Wizbang’s Paul observes, “The difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that on the right side, we call out our (few) crazies… The Democrats make them party chairmen.”