Democratic Senator Tom Harkin came out in defense today of Chavez’s speech to the UN in which the Venezuelan dictator ruler blasted President Bush as the devil:

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, a democrat, today defended Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s United Nations speech in which Chavez called President George Bush the devil. Harkin said the comments were “incendiary”, then went on to say, “Let me put it this way, I can understand the frustration, ah, and the anger of certain people around the world because of George Bush’s policies.” Harkin continued what has been frequent criticism of the president’s foreign policy.

Update (Allahpundit): Congressman Bill Delahunt also understands the frustration.

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