Hugo Chavez Insults 'Drunkard' Bush
by Jim Burns
Posted Mar 21, 2006
During a weekend speech carried by his nation’s radio and television networks, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called President Bush a “donkey” and a “drunkard” among other things. Reports say Chavez was reacting to a White House report that labeled him (Chavez) as a “demagogue.”
“You are a donkey, Mr. Bush. You’re an alcoholic Mr. Danger, or rather, you’re a drunkard,” Chavez said, referring to Bush by a nickname he frequently uses to describe the President.
Chavez also urged God to free the world of the threat posed by “Mr. Danger,” he also accused the United States of leading efforts to isolate what Chavez called his “revolutionary” government in Venezuela.
“I’m going to tell you something Mr. Danger: You are a coward, do you know that?” Chavez said. “Why don’t you go to Iraq to command your armed forces? It’s very easy to command them from so far away.”
A White House report released last week on pre-emptive force in national security described Chavez as a “demagogue” who uses Venezuela’s oil wealth to destabilize democracy in the region.
Bush said in that report: “In Venezuela, a demagogue awash in oil money is undermining democracy and seeking to destabilize the region.”
The 49-page report listed the situation in Venezuela among regional challenges that “demand the world’s attention.”
U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela William Brownfield told the Venezuelan newspaper “El Universal” on Monday that the use of names like “murderer” and “terrorist” -- often used by Chavez for Bush -- aren’t useful to relations. “That type of dialogue in public is unnecessary and doesn’t contribute to advancing the interests of either country,” Brownfield said.
The United States is the third largest importer of Venezuelan oil. In the past, Chavez has called Bush a “Nazi” and American allies “lapdogs.” He is also a close ally of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
A Heritage Foundation study on Venezuela released in November said Chavez was a factor in higher oil prices for America.
“Today, oil prices are higher than they would be otherwise because of Chavez,” according to Heritage. “His talk of suspending exports to some countries creates a climate of speculation, artificially raising prices as refiners scramble to secure suppliers. His deferrals of investment in field equipment have lowered production capacity, also contributing to hikes.”
Meanwhile, wire service reports also said Venezuela’s ambassador to the United States said Monday he hopes the United States will decide next month to honor an extradition request for a Cuban militant wanted in a deadly 1976 airliner bombing, arguing it makes no sense to continue holding a man accused of terrorism on immigration charges.
Venezuela wants to try the Cuban-born Luis Posada Posada, a naturalized Venezuelan and former CIA operative, on murder and treason charges for allegedly planning the 1976 bombing from Caracas. The Cubana Airlines plane exploded after takeoff from Barbados, killing all 73 on board.
“At the end of April, the period expires for them to make a decision on what is going to happen to Posada Carriles,” Venezuelan Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez told Venezuelan television. Posada was arrested in Miami in May and is being held in a federal detention center in El Paso, Texas, on immigration charges.
Venezuela’s Supreme Court requested Posada’s extradition last year, a move also demanded by Chavez and Castro. But U.S. authorities have delayed a decision while the elderly Posada’s immigration case is heard. He has denied involvement in the airliner bombing.
Alvarez called Posada the “Osama bin Laden of Latin America” and did not think Posada’s case should be treated as an immigration matter.