President Hugo Chavez told U.S. officials to "Go to hell!" on his weekly radio and TV show Sunday for what he called unacceptable meddling after Washington raised concerns about a measure to grant Venezuela's fiery leftist leader broad lawmaking powers.Fiery. How original.
The National Assembly, which is controlled by the president's political allies, is expected to give final approval this week to what it calls the "enabling law," which would give Chavez the authority to pass a series of laws by decree during an 18-month period.Poor Venezuela.
On Friday, U.S. State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey said Chavez's plans under the law "have caused us some concern." Chavez rejected Casey's statement in his broadcast, saying: "Go to hell, gringos! Go home!" Chavez, who was re-elected by a wide margin last month, has said he will enact sweeping reforms to remake Venezuela into a socialist state . . . .Chavez sounds tan, rested, and ready to assume extraordinary revolutionary powers in the name of the people against the landlords, kulaks, and imperialist aggressors! But first, we talk:
In typical style, Chavez spoke for hours Sunday during his first appearance on the weekly program in five months. He sent his best wishes to the ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro, his close ally and friend who has been sidelined since intestinal surgery last summer.
Chavez also remarked on the hanging of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein: "They took out Saddam Hussein and they hanged him, for good or worse. It's not up to me to judge any government, but that gentleman was the president of that country."Yes, Hugo. Yes he was.
Update: Z-Net socialist Michael Albert gave Chavez a sensual massage ("blowjob" is such an overused term) in that very rag after he made a fact-finding trip to Venezuela last year. I made fun of it here. (Truth-in-blogging-law declaration: the Drunkablog post just linked is way too long, and not very funny.) Check it out!