Venezuela’s acting president: Obama better nix that plot to assassinate the opposition candidate, or something

posted at 2:41 pm on March 18, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Throughout his reign, Hugo Chavez was fond of denouncing ostensible US- and Western-fueled covert schemes designed to subvert both his presidency and his glorious socialist revolution, presumably to help keep the socialist dream alive by peddling nationalist visions of an actively hostile and imperialist United States against which the country could rally.

Reuters reports that, in kicking off his last week, opposition-party leader Henry Capriles mentioned that, if anything were to happen to him, it would be the fault of temporary stand-in president Nicolas Maduro and the remaining Chavez loyalists. Maduro, however, would like the world to know that in the most unfortunate event that Capriles’ safety should be compromised, it will be the result of a nefarious plot by, you guessed it: The United States. Apparently, we want to incite a coup, or something?

Venezuela’s acting president urged U.S. leader Barack Obama to stop what he called a plot by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to kill his opposition rival and trigger a coup before an April 14 election.

Nicolas Maduro said the plan was to blame his opponent’s murder on the OPEC nation’s government and to “fill Venezuelans with hate” as they prepare to go to vote following the death of socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Maduro first mentioned a plot against his rival, Henrique Capriles, last week, blaming it on former Bush administration officials Roger Noriega and Otto Reich. Both rejected the allegations as untrue, outrageous and defamatory.

“I call on President Obama – Roger Noriega, Otto Reich, officials at the Pentagon and at the CIA are behind a plan to assassinate the right-wing presidential candidate to create chaos,” Maduro said in a TV interview broadcast on Sunday.

Maduro, who is Chavez’s preferred successor, said the purpose of the plot was to set off a coup and that his information came from “a very good source.”

Maduro is the favorite to win the April election; but gee, Maduro, this doesn’t sound like you’re, at best, peddling more paranoia to unite your supporters or, at worst, sketchily planting the seeds for scapegoatism in the event that something does happen to Capriles, at all.


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Yeah. Ham handed “cover” so that when HE assassinates his opposition he can blame Obama.

Warner Todd Huston on March 18, 2013 at 2:44 PM

DRONES!

pilamaye on March 18, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Venezuela’s acting president urged U.S. leader Barack Obama to stop what he called a plot by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to kill his opposition rival and trigger a coup before an April 14 election.

Nicolas Maduro said the plan was to blame his opponent’s murder on the OPEC nation’s government and to “fill Venezuelans with hate” as they prepare to go to vote following the death of socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

This wouldn’t make sense with Obama. He has no time for triggering coups of Marxist governments he already likes.

Bitter Clinger on March 18, 2013 at 2:48 PM

at worst, sketchily planting the seeds for scapegoatism in the event that something does happen to Capriles, at all.

Ya think?

rbj on March 18, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Yeah. Ham handed “cover” so that when HE assassinates his opposition he can blame Obama.

Warner Todd Huston on March 18, 2013 at 2:44 PM

It had a lot more zing when Bush was president, didn’t it? Today, it sounds like something The Onion would say.

BobMbx on March 18, 2013 at 2:49 PM

And you wonder why some nations have trouble producing anything more advanced than pork recipes, they’re all morons.

Bishop on March 18, 2013 at 2:49 PM

I’ve been listening to this guy and following the situation in Venezuela fairly closely. At first I thought Maduro was just saying these things for public consumption, but this latest eruption is beginning to make me think he fits in the “wacko birds” category.

Doomberg on March 18, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Guy looks just like Saddam Hussein.

GarandFan on March 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Liars lie.

Schemers scheme.

Dictators dictate.

Looking for an ‘enemy’ he picks 0… lmao

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 2:52 PM

I’d say the guy is smart. Knowing Obama, he may have enacted a plan to assassinate any politician to the right of himself. At first, abroad…

Archivarix on March 18, 2013 at 2:57 PM

He’s a certified nut job and Machiavellian. *sigh*

22044 on March 18, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Nothing to worry about – if obama achieved a kill on everyone he plotted against, most Americans would be dead.

Pork-Chop on March 18, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Guy looks just like Saddam Hussein.

GarandFan on March 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Does he fish with dynomite?
Does he keep an industrial plastic shredder at the State Torture Facility?

tom daschle concerned on March 18, 2013 at 3:04 PM

I think he’s confused and too literal. He’s mistaken obama’s plan to kill oil and petroleum for a physical threat.

However, I’m sure they would do much better with windmills, solar panels and unicorn flatulence.

acyl72 on March 18, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Colombian Red – now smoked by finest fascists nutballs.

locomotivebreath1901 on March 18, 2013 at 3:07 PM

This guy is more delusional than Chavez.

May the ants gnaw at him.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Maduro, who is Chavez’s preferred successor, said the purpose of the plot was to set off a coup and that his information came from “a very good source.”

Dude, a fat, ugly guy in a baseball cap ain’t a very good source, neither is a skinny guy in a leaky boat….

ScottG on March 18, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Yeah. Ham handed “cover” so that when HE assassinates his opposition he can blame Obama.

Warner Todd Huston on March 18, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Pretty much what I was thinking.

Might make for a good B-movie though.

taznar on March 18, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Liars lie.

Schemers scheme.

Dictators dictate.

Looking for an ‘enemy’ he picks 0… lmao

Scrumpy on March 18, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Hey, Scrumps! You are missing the nuance. He didn’t say that Obama was behind the purported plot. He’s blaming the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency. I know it seems like one and the same, but give him a few more days, and you are likely to hear the real deal: The neo-cons in the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency a/k/a THE JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS!

He’s already accused Capriles of being a gay Jew, which wasn’t the death knell he expected it would be. So, now, it will be THE JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS! in the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency out to kill the “gay Jew” to make it look like Maduro did it.

lol

Resist We Much on March 18, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Guy looks just like Saddam Hussein.

GarandFan on March 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Clearly Chavez did that on purpose as a dig against the United States once he was no longer in office. /s

Logus on March 18, 2013 at 3:17 PM

This Maduro guy is one lousy poker player.

iurockhead on March 18, 2013 at 3:18 PM

South America…just the socalist gift that keeps on giving.

Oil Can on March 18, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Yeah. Ham handed “cover” so that when HE assassinates his opposition he can blame Obama.

Warner Todd Huston on March 18, 2013 at 2:44 PM

But, he doesn’t know that we know he knows we know… or, something like that.

Fallon on March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM

The scary thing about his clown’s ranting isn’t that he is saying these things, but there exist people who actually believe this crap!

OTOH — it is amusing to imagine Ogabe standing there with a thunderstruck look on his face. “Me? He’s warning Venezuela and the world about me? How can this be? I am the Lightbringer, the last, great Hope, the dictator’s best friend!”

catsandbooks on March 18, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Both rejected the allegations as untrue, outrageous and defamatory.

Well, I was thinking this was all a bunch of hooey, until I saw this. “Outrageous”? “Inflammatory”? If it’s untrue, laugh at it. The wording there makes it sound like “methinks the lady doth protest too much.” *readjusts tinfoil*

this latest eruption is beginning to make me think he fits in the “wacko birds” category.

Doomberg on March 18, 2013 at 2:49 PM

I don’t think this guy qualifies for the Tea Party. Oh, wait, you meant that in its proper sense…….

GWB on March 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Might make for a good B-movie though.

I’m thinking, “Barackniphobia!”

taznar on March 18, 2013 at 3:25 PM

This Maduro guy is one lousy poker player.

iurockhead on March 18, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Don’t call my bluff.

This could get interesting.

Fallon on March 18, 2013 at 3:26 PM

The scary thing about his clown’s ranting isn’t that he is saying these things, but there exist people who actually believe this crap!

catsandbooks on March 18, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I bet that there is a sizable minority, if not a majority, that believes the US gave Hugo cancer or, at least, played a significant role. There were a lot of Venezuelans who believed Hugo when he claimed that THE JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS! in the Israeli Embassy were using microwaves to cause his cancer to return.

Resist We Much on March 18, 2013 at 3:32 PM

This is a typical leftist tactic. The Democrats do it all the time in the US. If you yourself are doing something, you first accuse your political opponents or someone else of doing that thing. My guess is that this means that he is planning to assassinate the guy and is preparing public opinion for the notion that the US did it.

crosspatch on March 18, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Guy looks just like Saddam Hussein.

GarandFan on March 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM

I think he looks more like Demond Wilson – he just needs more hair.

“Big dummy!”

Ward Cleaver on March 18, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Venezuela’s acting president Obama: Obama Venezuela better nix that plot to assassinate the opposition 2016 GOP candidates, or something

Fixed.

Ward Cleaver on March 18, 2013 at 4:24 PM

He just keeps droning on and on…pretty soon the drones will catch up with him…

right2bright on March 18, 2013 at 4:54 PM

He looks like satan, that looks like…

right2bright on March 18, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Yeah. Ham handed “cover” so that when HE assassinates his opposition he can blame Obama.

Warner Todd Huston on March 18, 2013 at 2:44 P

That was my first thought too.

Mimzey on March 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM

False flag. Projection; for what his side is planning to do so that they can say, “see I tol you, the American CIA did it man”. “What you think man?”

jake49 on March 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Then again it could be that Maduro has found out he isn’t that likely to be the winner. And remembering how hard Obama tried to keep Zelaya in power in Honduras (with Hugo’s help), he might be playing Eric in the pub;

“Oooh, plot to kill Capriles. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say-no-MORE!”

Seriously, does anyone doubt that Obama would prefer Maduro succeeding Hugo?

If Capriles wins, he can expect a long, cold winter where relations with the U.S. are concerned. Maduro, by comparison, will probably be invited to the White House.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 18, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Right hand:Hey … everybody … LOOK OVER THERE !
.
( Meanwhile, the Left hand does something illegal … )

listens2glenn on March 18, 2013 at 9:53 PM

but this latest eruption is beginning to make me think he fits in the “wacko birds” category.

Doomberg on March 18, 2013 at 2:49 PM

NAH, Rand Paul and Sen. Cruz are supposed to be the wacko birds. This guy was just dumb enough to believe Chavez’s lies and now he is repeating them because he doesn’t know what else to do. It is not like there is a positive record he can run on.

KW64 on March 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM