Venezuela's Chavez calls Obama "ignoramus"
Posted by inthesenewtimes on March 23, 2009
22nd March, 2009
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama was at best an “ignoramus” for saying the socialist leader exported terrorism and obstructed progress in Latin America.
“He goes and accuses me of exporting terrorism: the least I can say is that he’s a poor ignoramus; he should read and study a little to understand reality,” said Chavez, who heads a group of left-wing Latin American leaders opposed to the U.S. influence in the region.
Chavez said Obama’s comments had made him change his mind about sending a new ambassador to Washington, after he withdrew the previous envoy in a dispute last year with the Bush administration in which he also expelled the U.S. ambassador to Venezuela.
“When I saw Obama saying what he said, I put the decision back in the drawer; let’s wait and see,” Chavez said on his weekly television show, adding he had wanted to send a new ambassador to improve relations with the United States after the departure of George W. Bush as president.
In a January interview with Spanish-language U.S. network Univision, Obama said Chavez had hindered progress in Latin America, accusing him of exporting terrorist activities and supporting Colombian guerrillas.
“My, what ignorance; the real obstacle to development in Latin America has been the empire that you today preside over,” said Chavez, who is a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy.
Well, I'm with Chavez here! I think Obama screwed up. But then ... perhaps he is just as much of an aggressor-for-oil as Bush was.
I was hoping Obama would withdraw from US invasions of sovereign nations to rape them of resources, but apparently he's on the same trail as Bush.
Welcome to the Iggy-Obama era of same-old-crap with a disarming smile this time!
Oh god, it's so depressing!