US Senators: Pat Robertson Statements "Incredibly Stupid"
From Bloomberg news on the reaction to Pat Robertson's call for assasination of the Presdient of Venezuela...folks are already calling it a Christian "Fatwa," I think that the Senators comments below sum it up better...:
"Venezuela reacted with outrage to a call by television evangelist Pat Robertson for the U.S. to assassinate President Huge Chavez, and two U.S. senators called the remarks 'irresponsible' and 'incredibly stupid.'
'It's the height of hypocrisy for the U.S. to continue talking about the war against terrorism when at the same time you have someone making obvious terrorist declarations in the heart of the country,' Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel said at a news conference in Caracas.
Robertson, a former U.S. presidential candidate who claims 1 million viewers a day for his '700 Club' program,' said on the show yesterday that Chavez is a 'dangerous enemy' and that the U.S. should ``take him out.'' He said killing Chavez would be cheaper than going to war with Venezuela to remove him.
The comments may add to anti-U.S. sentiment among Chavez supporters in the South American country. Chavez, who has threatened to cut off Venezuelan oil exports to the U.S., is setting up a people's militia to help defend against a military invasion he says the U.S. is planning.
Robertson's statement was 'incredibly stupid' and 'has no reflection on reality,' U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, a Republican from Minnesota who is chairman of the Senate's Foreign Relations subcommittee on the western hemisphere, said while on a trip to Rio de Janeiro.
U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said at a press briefing in Washington that Robertson's views 'do not represent the policy of the United States.'
'Any allegations that we are planning to take hostile action against the Venezuelan government are completely baseless and without fact,' McCormack said."