Breaking: Hugo Chavez is dead; Update: Democratic rep mourns; Update: So does Jimmy Carter

posted at 5:21 pm on March 5, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Well, that’s that: Chavez’s lieutenants have been insisting for months that the Venezuelan president would be making a full recovery from his cancer-related operations and that Venezuelans had no cause for alarm — but they’ve been getting notably less vociferous about the whole thing recently, and that charade is officially over. The Associated Press is reporting that the longtime socialist-Marxist leader died on Tuesday afternoon:

Vice President Nicolas Maduro, surrounded by other government officials, announced the death in a national television broadcast. He said Chavez died at 4:25 p.m. local time. …

Chavez underwent surgery in Cuba in June 2011 to remove what he said was a baseball-size tumor from his pelvic region, and the cancer returned repeatedly over the next 18 months despite more surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. He kept secret key details of his illness, including the type of cancer and the precise location of the tumors. …

Two months after his last re-election in October, Chavez returned to Cuba again for cancer surgery, blowing a kiss to his country as he boarded the plane. He was never seen again in public. …

After a 10-week absence marked by opposition protests over the lack of information about the president’s health and growing unease among the president’s “Chavista” supporters, the government released photographs of Chavez on Feb. 15 and three days later announced that the president had returned to Venezuela to be treated at a military hospital in Caracas.

Update: So, what’s next for Venezuela now that their corrupt, destructive, America-hating, socialist leader is no more? Either Vice President Nicolas Maduro or National Assembly leader Diosdado Cabello will become interim president for thirty days while the country engineers a special election — and without Chavez to figurehead his “Chavismo” movement, the outcome isn’t necessarily a sure thing.

[A]lthough his cronies and their Cuban handlers are maneuvering to hold on to power, a Chavista succession is neither stable nor sustainable. With more audacious leadership among Venezuela’s democrats and intelligent solidarity from abroad, Chávez’s legacy might be buried with him.

The foundations of Chavismo are being shaken by an impending socioeconomic meltdown, a faltering oil sector, bitter in-fighting in his own movement, complicity with drug-trafficking and terrorism, rampant street crime, the inept performance by Chávez’s anointed successor, and growing popular rejection of Cuban interference, corrupt institutions, and rigged elections. Beset by these challenges and with Chávez no longer at the top of the ballot, the regime will use every advantage to engineer a victory in a special election to choose a new president.

Update (AP): Speaking of Maduro, he’s a low-rent anti-American populist crank from the same mold as his former boss. If you thought that Chavez shoving off might make way for detente between the U.S. and Venezuela, think again:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was infected with cancer by “imperialist” enemies, his No. 2 alleged on Tuesday, adding that the socialist leader was suffering his hardest moments since an operation three months ago…

“We have no doubt that commander Chavez was attacked with this illness,” Maduro said, repeating a charge first made by Chavez himself that the cancer was an attack by “imperialist” foes in the United States in league with domestic enemies.

“The old enemies of our fatherland looked for a way to harm his health,” Maduro said, comparing it with allegations that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004, may have been poisoned by Israeli agents.

Read this old Hitchens piece from 2010 about seeing Chavez’s crankery up close. Even his lackey Sean Penn couldn’t break through the wall of paranoia, which included skepticism about the moon landing.

Update (AP): The main plot right now is Chavez’s death and the subplot is creepily affectionate reminiscences from some of his fellow travelers on the left. (John Sexton notes on Twitter that Chavez ultimately proved too tyrannical even for Noam Chomsky.) Soon, though, as the shock of the news about his demise recedes, those two will reverse positions. Here’s your early leader for useful idiot of the day. He’s a congressman, of course:

Update (AP): No surprise here:

Update (AP): David Frum points to this piece from a few years ago estimating that the Man of the People had amassed a private fortune of $2 billion.

Update (AP): Michael Moynihan’s acidic obit at Newsweek is the one you’ll want to read. As he reminds us, there was no monster Chavez wasn’t willing to hug in the name of anti-American camaraderie. He was a proud supporter of Saddam, Mugabe, Qaddafi, and of course Bashar Assad, not because they overlapped much philosophically beyond authoritarianism but because they were all antagonists of the United States. That was Chavez’s core shtick — anti-colonialist vaudeville at the expense of the west’s superpower.

Update (AP): You outdid yourself on this one, Jimbo. I want to say “unbelievable,” but no, it’s quite believable.

Statement From Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of Hugo Chavez

Rosalynn and I extend our condolences to the family of Hugo Chávez Frías. We met Hugo Chávez when he was campaigning for president in 1998 and The Carter Center was invited to observe elections for the first time in Venezuela. We returned often, for the 2000 elections, and then to facilitate dialogue during the political conflict of 2002-2004. We came to know a man who expressed a vision to bring profound changes to his country to benefit especially those people who had felt neglected and marginalized. Although we have not agreed with all of the methods followed by his government, we have never doubted Hugo Chávez’s commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen.

President Chávez will be remembered for his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments and for his formidable communication skills and personal connection with supporters in his country and abroad to whom he gave hope and empowerment. During his 14-year tenure, Chávez joined other leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean to create new forms of integration. Venezuelan poverty rates were cut in half, and millions received identification documents for the first time allowing them to participate more effectively in their country’s economic and political life.

At the same time, we recognize the divisions created in the drive towards change in Venezuela and the need for national healing. We hope that as Venezuelans mourn the passing of President Chávez and recall his positive legacies — especially the gains made for the poor and vulnerable — the political leaders will move the country forward by building a new consensus that ensures equal opportunities for all Venezuelans to participate in every aspect of national life.


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Just like teddy did, long as it didn’t affect his lifestyle.

arnold ziffel on March 5, 2013 at 11:57 PM

YES! As soon as the Kennedys emulate the poor, by giving away all their wealth, hidden mostly offshore, I will have some respect for what they spew. Until all the Kennedys become like those they profess to care about, I will have no respect.

belad on March 6, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Ooops misread,”so does Jimmy Carter”, at first could not believe tghe luck, turns out Carter is not smelling sulfur yet.

anikol on March 6, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Heb. 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment,”

JellyToast on March 6, 2013 at 8:55 AM

He was committed to empowering the powerless himself.

There, FIFH.

College Prof on March 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Chávez Family Comforted by $2 billion Gift of the People
http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/chavez-family-comforted-by-2-billion-gift-of-the-people-t10821.html

Dear Comrades,

The Supreme Soviet of the USSA Democratic Socialist Party has sent an official telegram of condolence to the workers and peasants of Venezuela regarding the death of Comrade Lieutenant Colonel and President Hugo Chávez Frías.

In gratitude for his dedication to the cause of progress for the Proletariat, the people of Venezuela bequeathed to Comrade Hugo nearly $2 billion in assets to care for his wife and daughters before his passing. A similar arrangement has been made by the People of Cuba for their beloved leaders, the Castro Brothers.

Flags throughout the USSA have been ordered to half-staff for the next three days. Officials of the American Media Collective are preparing special programming to salute the fallen hero of the Masses.

A bright star has fallen from the Socialist Sky, but the dream lives on, Comrades! Honor Comrade Hugo by advancing the Progressive Agenda of the Party!

Southern by choice22 on March 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM

An apt description of Chavez:
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/342276/hugo-chavez-low-class-clown-mario-loyola

onlineanalyst on March 6, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Quick! Someone give Jimmy Carter a Snickers Bar! He’s at it again!

pilamaye on March 6, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Who does he turn into after the Snickers, Sean Penn?

98ZJUSMC on March 6, 2013 at 9:32 AM

As soon as the Kennedys emulate the poor, by giving away all their wealth, hidden mostly offshore, I will have some respect for what they spew. Until all the Kennedys become like those they profess to care about, I will have no respect.

belad on March 6, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Uhhh, no that won’t do it.

98ZJUSMC on March 6, 2013 at 9:33 AM

I left the thread before libfree spouted thi gem;

Venezuelan poverty rates were cut in half, and millions received identification documents for the first time allowing them to participate more effectively in their country’s economic and political life.

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Does that mean Hugo approved of “Voter ID’s”? Please explain this to us libfree. I’m dying to hear you try to jam that square peg into that round hole.

D-fusit on March 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Venezuelan poverty rates were cut in half, and millions received identification documents for the first time allowing them to participate more effectively in their country’s economic and political life.

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

So by your logic, Hitler was a good leader too. He created jobs and rebuilt Germany.

Yeah, doesn’t matter how many people were dragged out of their houses in the middle of the night. How many innocent people were robbed or even how many bodies were piled in the mass graves…. as long as some dictator cut poverty rates and made the trains run on time, all is well.

As for Jimmy, I remember about 5-6 years ago him saying it was so much easier talking to a dictator than some leader of a free nation. When you talked to the dictator, he said, you knew he was the man making the decisions. You talk to a leader of a free nation, and then he has to bring it before some other elected body and so forth. but those dictators, they get things done.

Jimmy’s a real work.

All these folks that love dictators, why don’t they just go pick a nation run by one and live there. It should be mandatory. Heck, maybe we could “dictate that.” Make it a law. You love so and so… you will be forced to live there. That should be OK since they love edicts.

JellyToast on March 6, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libenslavedthendie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

From ThinkProgress:

Why Democrats Shouldn’t Eulogize Hugo Chavez

While even Chavez’s critics admit that he did attempt to address the plight of Venezuela’s poorest, the decline in economic inequality in Venezuela reflected a broader egalitarian trend in Latin America, and can’t be fully credited to Chavez’s policies. However, Chavez’ policies harmed Venezuela’s poorest in other ways: the value of the Venezuelan currency dropped while prices soared, making it harder for people to buy basic necessities, and crime skyrocketed.

Moreover, Chavez hurt the vulnerable in Venezuela in other ways. Chavez’s state-run media hounded Venezuela’s small, beleaguered Jewish population — he himself once said “Don’t let yourselves be poisoned by those wandering Jews.” A study released by the Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University found that Chavez’s rule “witnessed a rise in antisemitic manifestations, including vandalism, media attacks, caricatures, and physical attacks on Venezuelan Jewish institutions.” Indeed, roughly half of Venezuelan Jews fled the country because of “the social and economic chaos that the president has unleashed and from the uncomfortable feeling that they were being specifically targeted by the regime.”

Chavez also attacked Venezuela’s democratic political system. Human Rights Watch reported in 2012 that “the accumulation of power in the executive and the erosion of human rights protections have allowed the Chávez government to intimidate, censor, and prosecute critics and perceived opponents in a wide range of cases involving the judiciary, the media, and civil society.” Contra Serrano, Venezuela’s elections were not certified as “free and fair” by international monitors of late: Chavez had not allowed international election monitors to observe Venezuelan elections since 2006.

Can we expect you to sing the praises of another anti-Semitic dic(K)tator, Adolf Hitler, because he built the Autobahn and helped the poor Germans, too?

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Hilarious to read the glowing statements from the kook left. This great champion of the poor stole TWO BILLION DOLLARS from “the poor”. 22,000 murders in Venezuela in a single year … guessing that most of them were “poor” people.

I love watching the left walk around with their skirts tucked into their pantyhose.

Jaibones on March 6, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Yes, true, there are far too many in the Let it burn crowd whose words fail to recognize the greatness of this country and do a great disservice to the incredible sacrifices made to achieve it.

bayam on March 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

What a crock! You are such a hypocrite.

All the “let it burn crowd” is doing is getting out of the way while YOUR leftist Burn It Down crowd goes about their destruction. We’re simply going to stand out of your way while you clowns demonstrate the futility of your socialist system.
YOU LEFTISTS will be doing the burning. We Americans will rebuild what you destroy.

Solaratov on March 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM

bayam on March 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

The only reason you attempt to chastise the “let it burn” crowd is because you know that it is essential to the plans of the communists who want to destroy this country to have enablers on the other side…so that you will have someone to a)claim that the destruction is “bi-partisan” and b)lay the blame on.
You and your fellow-travelers are just upset that we won’t play your game.

Solaratov on March 6, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Venezuelan poverty rates were cut in half, and millions received identification documents for the first time allowing them to participate more effectively in their country’s economic and political life.

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

libfreeordie is an idiot, but most everyone on HotAir knows that.

I can tell you this about Chavez and his thugs- they stole a company from family friends in the not distant past, for no good reason- these friends are a hard-working, honest, and responsible family who employed many and helped a lot of people in their country.

The Chavistas came in, told them they were taking their business, but that they could have it back for a $10 million contribution toward the Chavez re-election campaign. I suppose libfreordie supports such as that, because that’s what left-wingers do
when they can get away with it.

Chavez destroyed the Venezuelan economy, all the while exploiting the extreme poor for their votes.

He wiped out the private sector by setting prices for basic foods such as milk powder, rice, poultry, etc. Then he had the government set up stores named “Mercal” which sold goods below cost, but was rife with corruption from purchasing to point of sale.

And he squandered the vast resource wealth that was sold during his reign. He was an idiot, too, just your typical ignorant left-wing caudillo.

It says much about those who admired him- they’re either blinded by ideology and the Chavez myth, or they’re rank communists too. Probably both.

Rot in hell, Chavez.

Anti-Statist on March 6, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Wanna get scared?

Think about it: libfree is just one of thousands of perfessers indoctrinating our college-age kids.

Yikes.

kingsjester on March 6, 2013 at 10:35 AM

kingsjester‏@kingsjester1

Liberals. They villify American Conservatives and eulogize Marxist Dictators. What is wrong with these people?

kingsjester on March 6, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Geez…. if only Hugo Chavez was as handsome as Che Guevara, I could make a fortune selling T-shirts to all these communist-sympathizing leftists like libfreeordie and bayam.

UltimateBob on March 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Just heard this on the radio, 80 years ago today:

Anton “Tony” Joseph Cermak (May 9, 1873 – March 6, 1933) was an American politician of Czech origin, mostly known as the mayor of Chicago, Illinois, from 1931 until his assassination in 1933…

Cermak’s political and organizational skills helped create one of the most powerful political organizations of his day, and Cermak is considered the father of the Chicago machine

Fallon on March 6, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Geez…. if only Hugo Chavez was as handsome as Che Guevara, I could make a fortune selling T-shirts to all these communist-sympathizing leftists like libfreeordie and bayam.

UltimateBob on March 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM

You might be able to sell them shirts with this on it. Or, “shorts” as autocorrect suggested.

Fallon on March 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Or, this.

Fallon on March 6, 2013 at 11:07 AM

If the funeral is televised I’d watch it just to see Penn jump into Chavez’s casket and dry hump his hero! Of course he would have to fight off Oliver Stone and other useful idiots like libfreetard first!

Seriously though, do any of these people ever do any honest historical research on the utter failures of communism/socialism? It wouldn’t take long for them to find the true facts (unlike the BS “facts” libtard throws out here) that communist/socialist systems have always been and will always be failures and capitalistic systems have brought about the highest level of wealth, abundance and standard of living than any other system, ever!

The only logical reason these dunder-heads can’t or won’t find out the true facts is because they are so blindly dedicated to their ideology they will lie, spin, distort rather than see the truth staring them in the face!

Liberty or Death on March 6, 2013 at 11:15 AM

From Breitbart.com

The Atlantic wrote, presumably while weeping openly, “Passionate and charismatic, Chávez slipped comfortably into the role of romantic Latin American revolutionary, championing the poor against an unfeeling local oligarchy and its imperial paymasters….Today millions of Venezuelans will weep tears of genuine anguish at his passing.”

Is there anything more sick than the “American” liberal media telling only half of a story? Or, if they could shred the constitution and install a certain leader………

Rovin on March 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Is there anything more sick than the “American” liberal media telling only half of a story? Or, if they could shred the constitution and install a certain leader………

Rovin on March 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Yes, the fact that fascism-loving idiots like the one below are teaching our children:

Though nearly everything about Jazz’s thinking and writing on race is wrong (and poorly presented, something about writing about race makes the usually creative Jazz fall into conservative cliches). He is write about white northerners fetishization of southern racism and their unwillingness to acknowledge their own. Racism is embedded into the DNA of the nation, it was written into our founding documents via 3/5 clause and as the law has changed continues to find ways to reconstitute itself as a determinant factor in the organization of wealth and power in this society. It has never known one region or time period.

libfreeordie on March 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/03/03/a-sordid-business-indeed/comment-page-2/#comment-6768727

ebrown2 on March 6, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Yes, true, there are far too many in the Let it burn crowd whose words fail to recognize the greatness of this country and do a great disservice to the incredible sacrifices made to achieve it.

bayam on March 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

At the rate things have been going for many years now, it’s only a matter of time. Better to get it over with before it gets even worse. But many of us suspect that’s the plan-float the economy/Wall Street long enough so when the crash comes it will be harder, if not impossible, to recover.

I think the focus of all this is truly the Communists, but they are getting a lot of help from Capitalists who are willing to play ball if they can get theirs before the whole thing goes belly up.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 6, 2013 at 12:24 AM

You are confusing an economic system with a political system, Doc. The chicoms are capitalist, but communists. How do you explain that? How do you explain that rich people overwhelmingly vote democrat? I don’t understand it either, it is what it is.

woodNfish on March 6, 2013 at 12:26 PM

If the funeral is televised I’d watch it just to see Penn jump into Chavez’s casket and dry hump his hero! Of course he would have to fight off Oliver Stone and other useful idiots like libfreetard first!

Seriously though, do any of these people ever do any honest historical research on the utter failures of communism/socialism? It wouldn’t take long for them to find the true facts (unlike the BS “facts” libtard throws out here) that communist/socialist systems have always been and will always be failures and capitalistic systems have brought about the highest level of wealth, abundance and standard of living than any other system, ever!

The only logical reason these dunder-heads can’t or won’t find out the true facts is because they are so blindly dedicated to their ideology they will lie, spin, distort rather than see the truth staring them in the face!

Liberty or Death on March 6, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Those gulag and gas chamber-loving filth don’t care, anymore than overt, putrid fascists like Cass Sunstein do. Power and the vision of a jackboot stamping into human faces forever is all they want. That’s what you get when you install the most petty and unheroic of the Seven Deadly Sins, Envy, as your chief political “virtue.”

ebrown2 on March 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

From the Miami Herald:

A former paratrooper, Mr. Chávez had a radical vision for “21st Century Socialism,” which was never fully explained. His skillful rhetoric, which filled supporters with utopian dreams, was used to justify the methodical destruction of Venezuela’s democratic institutions and the free market.

Sound just a bit familiar?

Rovin on March 6, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Forget that 58 year old guy.

Paul Bearer (pallbearer, get it?), the former manager of The Undertaker, passed away. My son and I spent a lot of harmless fun watching rassling over the years.

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/paul-bearer-dead-wwe-manager-undertaker-passes-away-150000602-us-weekly.html

itsspideyman on March 6, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Chavez lives!

Obama: El Chávez del Norte

petefrt on March 6, 2013 at 12:38 PM

You might be able to sell them shirts with this on it. Or, “shorts” as autocorrect suggested.

Fallon on March 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM

It that a real, not Photoshopped, picture?

I was going to say “unadulterated”, but if it is real, then that there looks a bit like adultery.

cptacek on March 6, 2013 at 12:48 PM

We’re simply going to stand out of your way while you clowns demonstrate the futility of your socialist system.

Solaratov on March 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Of course, they will whine that it’s our fault for not stopping them from screwing up. These are adults who think and act like children.

Christien on March 6, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Those gulag and gas chamber-loving filth don’t care, anymore than overt, putrid fascists like Cass Sunstein do. Power and the vision of a jackboot stamping into human faces forever is all they want. That’s what you get when you install the most petty and unheroic of the Seven Deadly Sins, Envy, as your chief political “virtue.”

ebrown2 on March 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

True, and to illustrate both our points further one of my favorite quotes from “A Christmas Carol” is when the ghost of Christmas present opens his robe to show two sickly twin boys and says “their names are ignorance and want, beware for upon their brow are written the word DOOM!”

That statement has never been more true than it is today; we have the willing ignorance of the facts by the left and their constant meme about “social justice” and how they WANT more of what those mean old middle class and rich people have because they are “victims” of a system that would make them work for what they want and well that’s just not fair!

Such attitudes and illogical thinking by the lefty progs truly does spell DOOM for our nation and we are witnessing it happen right before our eyes!

Liberty or Death on March 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM

It that a real, not Photoshopped, picture?

I was going to say “unadulterated”, but if it is real, then that there looks a bit like adultery.

cptacek on March 6, 2013 at 12:48 PM

From the United Colors of Benetton “Unhate” ad campaign.

Fallon on March 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Is Hugo Chavez still dead?

Nomennovum on March 6, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Forget that 58 year old guy.

Paul Bearer (pallbearer, get it?), the former manager of The Undertaker, passed away. My son and I spent a lot of harmless fun watching rassling over the years.

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/paul-bearer-dead-wwe-manager-undertaker-passes-away-150000602-us-weekly.html

itsspideyman on March 6, 2013 at 12:36 PM

And R.I.P. to British rock guitarist Alvin Lee of Ten Years After

“I’m Going Home” live at Woodstock (1969)

Del Dolemonte on March 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM

You are confusing an economic system with a political system, Doc. The chicoms are capitalist, but communists. How do you explain that? How do you explain that rich people overwhelmingly vote democrat? I don’t understand it either, it is what it is.

woodNfish on March 6, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Same thing that the Capitalists did in Germany, Italy and Japan when those countries experienced what they did back in the ’20s and ’30s. Ideologically, I don’t believe that most of the Capitalists in those countries were Fascists, Nazis, or Japanese militarists…they kept their mouths shut, went along with the program and profited.

Now, I would concede that perhaps the vast majority, most, whatever in those countries were patriotic and loyal to their people, but that does not mean that they were ideologically aligned.

Besides, those same Capitalists and their companies continued to function (and profit) after World War II as well…in fact, many of these companies are still around to this day.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 6, 2013 at 4:27 PM

CAn we just pull CArter’s pension?

Zomcon JEM on March 6, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Statement From Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of Hugo Chavez

Gag. Why did this useful idiot cretin ever get elected?

avagreen on March 6, 2013 at 6:43 PM

I heard he was accidentally hit by a drone intended for a Tea-Party extremist on vacation, while Hugo was finalizing his back-from-the-dead economic plan for Venezuela.

The Russians are skeptical and suspect that Americans gave him cancer. Persons of interest: Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, Jimmy Carter.

virgo on March 7, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Rot in hell you bastard. May the billions you stole from your people end up in one of your sworn enemies bank accounts.

acyl72 on March 7, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Same thing that the Capitalists did in Germany, Italy and Japan when those countries experienced what they did back in the ’20s and ’30s. Ideologically, I don’t believe that most of the Capitalists in those countries were Fascists, Nazis, or Japanese militarists…they kept their mouths shut, went along with the program and profited.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 6, 2013 at 4:27 PM

And they weren’t the only ones. Ever researched how swimmingly IBM got along with a certain nation led by a guy with a funny mustache? Fricking disturbing.

MelonCollie on March 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Did Carter ever see a communist he didn’t like?

arand on March 7, 2013 at 10:20 AM

The Guardian’s Rory Carroll summed up the legacy of Chávez’s Venezuela as “a land of power cuts, broken escalators, shortages, queues, insecurity, bureaucracy, unreturned calls, unfilled holes, uncollected garbage.” One could add to that list grinding poverty, massive corruption, censorship, and intimidation.

Leave it to the insipid, crazed J. Carter to have never noticed this and says the exact opposite. Too bad we missed a chance to launch JC to the moon.

Twana on March 7, 2013 at 4:12 PM

May the billions you stole from your people …

It’s poetic justice that no matter how much money this thief had….he couldn’t by any more years with it. There is a God.

Twana on March 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Do I smell sulphur burning? Or is it his stench from hell?

Twana on March 7, 2013 at 4:15 PM

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