Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Christians Behaving Badly Watch

Should assasination become part of US foreign policy? Pat Robertston seems to think so:

"We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability..We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator...It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.

You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it..It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war ... and I don't think any oil shipments will stop."


Now, I'm not a fan of Hugo Chavez. I think he is a demogogue that dresses up in democratic clothing. But the Venezuelan people did vote for him and that has to stand. Chavez already thinks we are looking to bump him off, we don't need some nutjob like Robertson trying to play to Chavez's assasination fantasies.

My question is this: why do people even listen to Roberston?

5 Comments:

At 10:05 AM, Blogger J. James Mooney said...

Given the fact that I think Robertson is just as big a nut job as you do, I don't entirely disagree with him on this point.

Not that I agree the U.S. should assassinate Hugo Chavez, but rather covert ops are a more than viable solution to some of the problems of today.

We had many opportunities to take out OBL during the 90s and we didn't. I know this is a classic example of hindsight being 20/20 and Monday morning quarterbacking but the fact is cutting the head off the dragon may be the right move . . . sometimes.

When it is the right move is for the President to decide . . . in secret.

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger Paul Wartenberg said...

Here's a question for you: you're a minister, hopefully you can answer. Isn't there any kind of accreditation group for religions that can revoke Pat's license to preach? 'Cause he ain't pontificating, he's politicizing. He claims to preach the word of Christ, the teachings of a healer and defender of life, and then goes and prays for people to get sick/get shot and die. I may be a Unitarian, but even I know that ain't being a god-fearing Christian...

 
At 3:20 PM, Blogger Christopher Battles said...

Paul, the only problem is that there isn't really a basis by which to judge Robertson's preaching status. Christ said not to judge others, and last time I checked, God wasn't controlling the liscensing trade. Plus, Robertson represents a small right-fringe section of the Christian population that will give him status somehow to continue.

While I agree with Dennis and J. James that Robertson was wrong in calling out Chavez, I see an interesting link between this and, remarkably, Cindy Sheehan's argument. Let's say the US was bent on taking down Chavez. Wouldn't a covert assassination be more productive than, say, military action in Venezuela? If we could have taken out OBL or even Sadaam covertly, it could be argued that our men and women are dying because we chose not to. Not that I support that argument. Just a thought.

 
At 8:12 AM, Blogger Brian said...

Chavez (like Robertson) is a demagogue. And demagogues need scapegoats. I'm sure he's thrilled that Robertson stepped up to bat.

 
At 8:16 AM, Blogger Brian said...

Chris: here's a novel thought. How about NEITHER assassination of Chavez NOR an invasion of the country!

He is NOT a threat to the United States, not even by the most fantastical Robertson-esque stretch of the imagination.

Whether you assassinate him or invade the country, you transform the anti-American nationalists throughout Latin America from nutjob conspiracy theorists into prophets.

(Since the US already supported the coup that breifly ousted him and with Roberston (and others like you) overtly calling for or at least justifying Chavez's murder, any assassination will be guaranteed to be widely seen as American-made, however secret you may pretend it to be)

 

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