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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Sounds like the kind of cheap remark a South American dictator would make.
Perhaps your sly tribute to his colorful oratorical style?
Long Live Hyperbole!
Rameras en paro!

verbaluce on March 5, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Are you heartbroken that another one of your heroes in dancing in Hell right now?

sharrukin on March 5, 2013 at 5:41 PM

man it sure seems like cnn is celebrating this man’s life

big screen chavez 1954-2013, like he’s a celebrity…
cripe

cmsinaz on March 5, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Univision is a far left news outlet, but loving Hugo Chavez has never been there thing. Thank God. The guy was a dictator. They gave a pretty good sum up of all the moves he made to take power and consolidate it (eliminating tv stations, radio stations, newspapers etc).

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

60 years ago Stalin died.

60 years later the death of Chavez was announced.

Michael Moore must be wetting his corpulent pants.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

So, I guess Obama will send Biden to Chavez’s funeral. It’s his job, no?

He can make some gun jokes.

Curtiss on March 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

CoffeeLover on March 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM

wow that is crazy…

Sachiko on March 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

drudge. too much

can_con on March 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

He’s changed the pic. The one now is a little better, but I wish he’d get into animated gif’s for occasions like this.

Dusty on March 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Sachiko on March 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM

This^^^.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Dennis Rodman has released a statement: “I am very sorry to hear of the death of my great friend Hugo Chavez. He was an awesome guy who just wanted peace, and a huge baseball fan!”

Mark1971 on March 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

OT:cnn siding with menendez and the erroneous wapo piece

cmsinaz on March 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Remember, Chavez endorsed Obama, with gusto.

Recall that Obama didn’t denounce him at the time.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

In honor of the occasion.. Francisco Franco is still dead!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=butZyxI-PRs

Illinidiva on March 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

I actually think he died back in January, when it was reported he was brain dead

Raquel Pinkbullet on March 5, 2013 at 5:39 PM

I’ve thought the same thing about Maxine Waters.

Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

OT:cnn siding with menendez and the erroneous wapo piece

cmsinaz on March 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

It’s on topic – they’re all thugs.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Resist We Much on March 5, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Good one!

KCB on March 5, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I’ve thought the same thing about Maxine Waters.

Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

You were so missed. Glad these snarks are back.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:44 PM

If only Obama could appoint a Czar down there.

JellyToast on March 5, 2013 at 5:44 PM

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

wow

cmsinaz on March 5, 2013 at 5:44 PM

verbaluce, you should celebrate the demise of dictators. Your side is against tyranny, right?

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

IIRC, didn’t chevez give bho a book to read? Buds read the same material?
L

letget on March 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

I clicked over to HuffPo just see if they would really be mourning the guy, sure enough those nut jobs are in full depression over Chavez.

Tater Salad on March 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

tru dat

cmsinaz on March 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Maybe I’ll watch the Parks & Recreation episode where Chavez’s ambassadors try to bribe Leslie into saying “Viva Chavez.”

God bless & keep freedom-loving Venezuelans.

22044 on March 5, 2013 at 5:11 PM

From the WH tour thread – thought I’d post here as well.

22044 on March 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Hugo who?

44Magnum on March 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

There is a lot of anti-Cuban sentiment in Venezuela. If Cuba gets cut off, that could be an end to the Cold War in the Western Hemisphere. If that is the case, I hope we see a Latin American Jaguar alongside the Asian Tiger.

Sekhmet on March 5, 2013 at 5:33 PM

More likely than not, the Bolivarian socialists of Venezuela will succeed in stealing the upcoming election and Venezuelan oil money will continue flowing to Cuba.

The socialist governments of Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, and Brazil will continue their plotting and scheming to advance the cause of Marxism in our hemisphere. The Foro de São Paulo will lose no power or influence as a result of Chávez’s death.

In South America, only Colombia and Chile remain committed to free markets and free people. Who knows how long they can hold out.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

cmsinaz, told you that it’s all on topic.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Hugo Chavez dead? Confound that Sequester!

squint on March 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Univision – Chavez’s socialist replacement is said to have all of his flaws, none of his charisma or personality, could help tip the election to the opposition.

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

verbaluce on March 5, 2013 at 5:39 PM

verbaldouche’s sensibilities are offended.

You know, someone whose ideological associates and soulmates have a facebook page dedicated to killing Sarah Palin.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on March 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Chavez makes a great dead guy.

JackM on March 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Venezuela Expels U.S. Diplomats… Drudge

CoffeeLover on March 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Welcome to Hell, Chavez. Stalin and Hitler saved you a seat by the fire.

itsspideyman on March 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Not likely. The regime tried to keep up the facade that Chávez was alive and well for months, even to the point of issuing obviously photoshopped pictures of Chávez the other week. For whatever reason, the jig was up.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM

I followed the news on this closely as it’s somewhat related to my work.

From what I gather, Maduro did this partly so he could get time to campaign and get the Venezuelan populace used to the idea of him as Chavez’s successor. Another reason was because the opposition was beginning to claim openly that he was dead and the rumors seemed to be gaining credibility. My guess is Maduro saw no need to continue the facade any longer.

Doomberg on March 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

This must be Bush’s fault too!

can_con on March 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Rust in pieces.

Ward Cleaver on March 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Tater Salad on March 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

holy cow you weren’t kidding…the love for that man over there is unstinkingbelievable..

paraphrasing-’folks just don’t understand him, he was a great president who nationalized the oil, rest in peace, yada yada yada’

BLECH

cmsinaz on March 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

indeed

cmsinaz on March 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Interesting: Chávez’s death comes sixty years to the day after Stalin’s

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

If we could only be so lucky here to get rid a of socialist dictator.

Tater Salad on March 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Obama’s BFF and soulmate.

/He’d rather pay tribute to Chavez than go to Israel as planned.

Sir Napsalot on March 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

The sequester has hit Venezuela…. Phone lines, internet down in many areas

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Venezuela Expels U.S. Diplomats… Drudge

CoffeeLover on March 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Van Jones just can’t keep a job.

Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Official White House Statement:

“The world has lost a powerful leader and a strong voice for the common working man today, all due to the Republican sequester.”

JohnD13 on March 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

holy cow you weren’t kidding…the love for that man over there is unstinkingbelievable..

paraphrasing-’folks just don’t understand him, he was a great president who nationalized the oil, rest in peace, yada yada yada’

BLECH

cmsinaz on March 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Wonder where our favorite nutbag libree is?

itsspideyman on March 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

This must be Bush’s fault too!

can_con on March 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

No, it’s just one more of the devastating effects of Obama’s Sequestration.

Galt2009 on March 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Le sob.

petefrt on March 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Van Jones just can’t keep a job.

Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

roflmao

CoffeeLover on March 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

US-based Chávez-apologist-in-chief Eva Golinger is already claiming we killed him.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Sounds like Venezuela needs another narcissist president…..hey obama apply…your resume (know nothing about governing) fits and you have been practicing as a dictator so you will be fine. Take moochey with ya… and don’t let the door hit ya in the arse…

crosshugger on March 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Did the WH get a heads up on this and this is the real reason they cancelled the tours?

Galt2009 on March 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

AMF

petefrt on March 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

holy cow you weren’t kidding…the love for that man over there is unstinkingbelievable..

paraphrasing-’folks just don’t understand him, he was a great president who nationalized the oil, rest in peace, yada yada yada’

BLECH

cmsinaz on March 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

You missed the most important fact, …..free heating oil for the 47%. Romney was right, if you give something for “free” you are their favorite person.

Tater Salad on March 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Good riddance.

Polish Rifle on March 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Obama: WE GOT HIM. GM is alive, Chavez is dead.

El_Terrible on March 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Media beatification has begun.

Saint Hugo of Caracas save us all.

PappyD61 on March 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on March 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Yet, if GWB would die they’d celebrate and they diminished the great Woodard, to revive Nixon’s reputation, to save their Obama creep.

These people would scream incessantly if hypocrisy or stupidity would hurt.

Heh, on the expulsion of the US diplomats from Caracas.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

JohnD13 on March 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

You want to know what’s scary? I actually was believing this was a White House statement while reading through the first line.

Mark1971 on March 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

What is the over/under that POTUS (or representative, because he is, basically, a coward), Sean Penn and Joe Kennedy attend the memorial…

ladyingray on March 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

More likely than not, the Bolivarian socialists of Venezuela will succeed in stealing the upcoming election and Venezuelan oil money will continue flowing to Cuba.

The socialist governments of Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, and Brazil will continue their plotting and scheming to advance the cause of Marxism in our hemisphere. The Foro de São Paulo will lose no power or influence as a result of Chávez’s death.

In South America, only Colombia and Chile remain committed to free markets and free people. Who knows how long they can hold out.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

I think things are not quite as bad as that. Chavez’s death has robbed them of their biggest and hottest spokesperson for one, and I am hopeful the opposition might be able to eke out a win if the cards fall right. They definitely seem to be united behind Capriles fairly solidly.

Doomberg on March 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Chávez’s US-based apologists aren’t just limited to members of the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela:

Foul: Rep. Serrano tweets rest in peace; Praises Chavez as ‘empowering the powerless’

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 5:55 PM

itsspideyman on March 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

hmmmm

Tater Salad on March 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

D’oh! you’re right…

cmsinaz on March 5, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Democratic rep mourns

Why? He still has Super Hugo Obama.

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 5:56 PM

obama hopes for a free and fair election….

lol

cmsinaz on March 5, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Is the Venezuelan government gathering crowds and forcing them to wail and cry histerical for their dear leader?

AverageJoe on March 5, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Media beatification has begun.

Saint Hugo of Caracas save us all.

PappyD61 on March 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

And what would be my penance for laughing at that?

fourdeucer on March 5, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I would normally say that the VP of United Stated should not attend the funeral of a man like this, but sending the current VP to a funeral would be properly seen as an insult to the dead so I have no problem with it.

Mark1971 on March 5, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Congressional Black Caucus is probably suicidal.

Will Maxine Waters push for Chavez to be named the next Pope?

PappyD61 on March 5, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I think things are not quite as bad as that. Chavez’s death has robbed them of their biggest and hottest spokesperson for one, and I am hopeful the opposition might be able to eke out a win if the cards fall right. They definitely seem to be united behind Capriles fairly solidly.

Doomberg on March 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

In a fair election, I have not doubt the united opposition would win. But it won’t be a fair election, with all kinds of official malfeasance and vote buying. I’m sure there will even be outside, under-the-table help from other socialist governments. It might be a stretch, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Lula showed up to campaign for Maduro.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Finally. Spanish television leads with something other than immigration.

Of course, after talking about Chavez, that dead bastard, it’s back to immigration.

madmonkphotog on March 5, 2013 at 5:59 PM

I know we are all joking about what the WH will say; however it will be interesting if they say anything other than good riddance to a Socialist Dictator.

Tater Salad on March 5, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Say “hi” to Ted Kennedy…

dpduq on March 5, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Joe Biden to fire several shotgun blasts through a closed door as his salute to the great man, Hugo, Honorary member of the Democrat party..

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Media beatification has begun.

Saint Hugo of Caracas save us all.

PappyD61 on March 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Saint Hugo of the Carcass, you mean.

squint on March 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM

remember, If you want to see tomorrows headlines today…..

….THE ONION is your source for news.

The site is the Nostradamus of our time.

PappyD61 on March 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Woodward was diminished by the thugs. Chavez is celebrated by the thugs.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Nicolás Maduro ordena el despliegue del Ejército y la Policía tras la muerte de Hugo Chávez http://www.elmundo.es/america/2013/03/05/venezuela/1362522539.html

Maduro’s already deploying the Army and the Police out in full force…

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM

US-based Chávez-apologist-in-chief Eva Golinger is already claiming we killed him.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Why are you looking at me? I was…vacationing.

Yeah that’s it! Vacationing! So stop with the accusations already.

Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Full recovery.
Cuban medicine style.

Aviator on March 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Its not that he was sick, its that enough sick people like him could give him the power to be a tyrant.

Speakup on March 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM

I’m going to miss him like a front tooth.

Cindy Munford on March 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM

In a delicate operation, Hugo Chavez was removed from a cancerous tumor. The tumor is recovering.

mythicknight on March 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

verbaluce on March 5, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Awww…you sad, bro?

Solaratov on March 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

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.

Leftist hypocritical bastids. Imagine how high the Obama’s fortunes will end up being, they who preach against the 1%rs to the dummies who believe it.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

If you can’t say anything nice you’re not supposed to say anything at all so…… hmm, let me think about this……….. there are people I’ve missed less.

alchemist19 on March 5, 2013 at 6:03 PM

May socialist dictators everywhere suffer the same fate.

Kataklysmic on March 5, 2013 at 6:03 PM

George Galloway @georgegalloway

Farewell Comandante Hugo Chavez champion of the poor the oppressed everywhere. Modern day Spartacus. Rest in Peace.

Isn’t that special.

tru2tx on March 5, 2013 at 6:03 PM

If we really did “give” him cancer, I’d be cirious where to some of drug. We have a few people in this country who could use a dose.

Tater Salad on March 5, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Maduro’s already deploying the Army and the Police out in full force…

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Obama orders DHS to send 100 million of those hollow points to aid Maduro in defending his country from capitalist dogs.

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Its not that he was sick, its that enough sick people like him could give him the power to be a tyrant.

Speakup on March 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM

We’re one to talk.

squint on March 5, 2013 at 6:06 PM

May socialist dictators everywhere suffer the same fate.

Kataklysmic on March 5, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Yes, EVERYWHERE!

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Jon Passantino ‏@passantino

ABC: Chavez was ‘fiery & controversial socialist’ http://abcnews.go.com/International/hugo-chavez-dead-president-venezuela-58-died-cancer/story?id=16198379 … NBC: Chavez a ‘charismatic leftist’ http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/05/17135772-venezuelas-comandante-hugo-chavez-dies?lite

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 6:08 PM

We’re one to talk.

squint on March 5, 2013 at 6:06 PM

+1

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Chavez, in assuming room temperature, has relocated to a warmer climate.

kingsjester on March 5, 2013 at 6:09 PM

verbaluce, too funny

Drudge:

VENEZUELA DEPLOYS ITS ARMY AND POLICE…
Accuses USA of giving Chavez cancer…
Demise Deepens Crisis in Divided Country…
Uncertainty Awaits…
Venezuela Expels American Diplomats…

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

ABC: Chavez was ‘fiery & controversial socialist’ …

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I guess to them Hitler would have been a ‘fiery & controversial socialist’ too.

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Serrano – is he related to Andres Serrano, of Piss Christ fame infamy?

Ward Cleaver on March 5, 2013 at 6:11 PM

This must be Bush’s fault too!

can_con on March 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Chavez would agree with you.

Chávez puts the blame on the US for 9/11

President Hugo Chávez suggested in a recently broadcasted speech that the US Government itself planned the terrorist attacks upon the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.

“The towers collapsed in less than nine seconds. Therefore, his (Sicilia’s) assumption about the towers being blown up with dynamite, that there were a number of explosives in the towers, is not so wild.”

Additionally, Chávez doubted that the plane crashed into the Pentagon. “Nobody ever found a single trace of that plane.”

On the bright side, one 9/11 truther dead, two or three dozen left to go.

Alberta_Patriot on March 5, 2013 at 6:11 PM

He’s fucking dead, that’s all I care about.

Ward Cleaver on March 5, 2013 at 6:12 PM

We’re one to talk.

squint on March 5, 2013 at 6:06 PM

+1

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Ditto

Kataklysmic on March 5, 2013 at 6:12 PM

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