Venezuela's Chavez calls Obama "ignoramus"

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Venezuela's Chavez calls Obama "ignoramus"

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.

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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! Tongue out

Jacob Two-Two

Well, that's the beauty of doublethink. You can be disarmingly intelligent and still be a total idiot.

Obama, for all his intellectual capacity, is still mired in the delusions of the elite global faction that he belongs to. There are some conclusions that, no matter how obvious, he simply can't come to. 


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.

What on earth would ever have given you that idea? That's like believing in Santa Claus.


No no more like the great pumpkin. I am suspending my hate for american presidents until the end of his first term to see if nothing can help them out. If he bring in helathcare, I may have a change of hearet. It will be a step to the left. You can't expect them to just change their spots when it comes to foreign policy. It took almost a whole year before they planned thrier own invasion after they threw off the shackles of the empire in 1776 (With the help of the french who they loatheWink).


Now Obama is being informed, it would seem.

Want to promote your book? Forget Oprah. Call Hugo Chavez.

Thanks to the flamboyant Venezuelan president, Uruguayan political writer Eduardo Galeano's 1971 The Open Veins of Latin America shot to No. 2 on Amazon's bestseller list 24 hours after Chavez gave a copy to President Barack Obama. Chavez, who once compared George W. Bush to the devil, added a tender note: "To Obama, with affection."

According to one review, Galeano's tome "analyzes the history of Latin America as a whole, from the time period of the European discovery of the New World to contemporary Latin America, arguing against European and later U.S. economic exploitation and political dominance over the region."

I have to say I much prefer the Hugo Chavez Book Club to Oprah's so far. I wonder what he'll pick next.

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Speaking of the Hugo Chavez Book Club: [url= Chomsky meets with Hugo Chávez[/url]