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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Oh Robertson

Pat Robertson is way too funny. He actually called for the assassination of Venezuella's president Chavez on his TV show: "I think we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war," Robertson said during Monday evening's broadcast of "The 700 Club," his Christian news-talk television show. "We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability." Hmm, yeah. That didn't go well! "Our department doesn't do that kind of thing. It's against the law," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack called Robertson's comments "inappropriate" and out of step with U.S. policy. Not to mention it would be cost effective. OK, am i the only one who sometimes thinks that the Iraq war cost way too many billions? I mean if they wanted Saddam dead, all they had to do was put a price of 1 Billion on his head, and any one of us would've done it gladly then. Shit, for one Billion I would've killed Saddam and his whole family myself. And so would you. Don't even front like you wouldn't do it! Anyway, due to calls of outrage, Pat Robertson issued what could be refered to as an explanation, but it was kind of vague, probably because his foot was still stuck in his mouth. Conservative U.S. evangelist Pat Robertson, who called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, said on Wednesday he was misinterpreted and there were a number of ways to "take him out" including kidnapping. "I said our special forces could take him out. Take him out could be a number of things including kidnapping," Robertson said on his "The 700 Club" television program. "There are a number of ways of taking out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted," Robertson added. Riiight!


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At 8/24/2005 01:40:00 PM, Anonymous Phoenix said...

What a cop out. Pat Robertson's explaination of "take him out" was only his pathetic attampt to dig himself out of the hole that he dug. He meant what he said the first time he said it, or he wouldn't have said it at all.

At 8/24/2005 01:49:00 PM, Blogger Mia said...

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Oh yeah back to Killer Pat and The Gang of 700...it's statements like this that scare me. I may need a night light in order to get to sleep tonight. These are the people that want to dictate "choices" for me and have an influence on our beloved Bush The Younger.

At 8/24/2005 02:16:00 PM, Blogger Kat said...

LOL Nobody takes this guy seriously. He's a TV evangalist, for the love of all things Holy. He should have kept his mouth shut on that, even though I'm sure the thought is running around some folks heads (non-government), nobody gets "taken out" these days by "covert ops". We just declare them an enemy and kick their ass. :)

Anyway, he reminds me of my old uncle with Alzheimers who occassionally says bizarre things that we nod our heads to and then completely ignore.

At 8/24/2005 03:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muqtada al Robertson.


At 8/24/2005 07:09:00 PM, Blogger ritzy said...

blogger sober judith got me stop laughing about the robertson fatwa... sorry to destroy the party! here's the link:

me, link-tramp? never...

At 8/24/2005 07:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Scrappleface:

Robertson Issues Fatwa Against Venezuela's Chavez
by Scott Ott

(2005-08-23) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez beefed up security at his residence and offices today after reports that Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson has issued a fatwa calling for the assassination of the South American communist dictator.

Venezuelan police have begun detaining and searching "clean cut, Bible-toting men in unfashionable clothing" as likely followers of the wealthy, charismatic religious personality. However, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) immediately lodged a protest with the Venezuelan government over the "profiling" of '700 Club' devotees by security forces.

Mr. Robertson is revered among his fanatical TV viewers, who each year contribute millions of dollars to advance his so-called "ministry," as much as he's feared by the teams of U.S. journalists who track his movements and record his remarks.

The Pentagon immediately denied that Mr. Robertson's name had previously appeared on any Defense Department "watch list," but a spokesman discouraged news networks from airing video of the Robertson fatwa announcement, fearing his remarks might contain coded instructions for Christian cell groups around the world.


At 8/24/2005 08:24:00 PM, Blogger ArmyArtilleryWife said...

It may be efficient... but it has the same problems as absolutism. Sure, Catherine or Peter (the Greats) are wonderful... but you're just as likely to end up with a dud.

As much as the world mocks the U.S. right now, the U.S. still sets certain standards. If we assassinate, others will say, "Well, if the U.S. does it... how can they criticize us when we do it."

So, we can't give the U.S. the power to assassinate with impunity if we don't also trust, oh, say, Iran with the same power.

Unfortunately, the US has to play by the same (or at least similar) rules as which it would like others to play.

At 8/24/2005 08:55:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

Sandmonkey, congratulations!

You are on the christian science monitor's website


At 8/24/2005 10:16:00 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Wow, Big Pharoah made it too! And they even said "sandmonkey" instead of "an egyptian blogger" :D

Gratz, BP and SM! And Baheyya too!

Enjoy the info on raising Alpacas, ADD dude!

At 8/25/2005 12:05:00 PM, Blogger Phoenix said...

I should probably mention that the csmonitor article is what brought me to your blog... :)

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