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By Michael J. Smith on Tuesday March 24, 2009 04:56 PM

Somehow I missed it back in January when Obie apparently accused Hugo Chavez of "exporting terrorism". At any rate it's always very gratifying to hear Hugo telling it like it is. He seems to have revisited the subject recently:

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama was at best an "ignoramus" for saying the socialist leader exported terrorism and obstructed progress in Latin America.

"He goes and accuses me of exporting terrorism: the least I can say is that he's a poor ignoramus; he should read and study a little to understand reality," said Chavez, who heads a group of left-wing Latin American leaders opposed to the U.S. influence in the region.

Chavez said Obama's comments had made him change his mind about sending a new ambassador to Washington, after he withdrew the previous envoy in a dispute last year with the Bush administration in which he also expelled the U.S. ambassador to Venezuela.

"When I saw Obama saying what he said, I put the decision back in the drawer; let's wait and see," Chavez said on his weekly television show, adding he had wanted to send a new ambassador to improve relations with the United States after the departure of George W. Bush as president.

In a January interview with Spanish-language U.S. network Univision, Obama said Chavez had hindered progress in Latin America, accusing him of exporting terrorist activities and supporting Colombian guerrillas.

"My, what ignorance; the real obstacle to development in Latin America has been the empire that you today preside over," said Chavez....

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More and more world leaders are willing to stand up to us. Yesterday the governor of China's central bank said he would push for Special Drawing Rights, administered by the IMF, to replace the dollar-denominated Reserve Currency system. The Grand Ayatollah recently also chided BO for his empty offer of dialogue. And Putin/Medvedev continues to parry our expansionist fantasies in that area.

Is it schadenfreude to admit I'm enjoying this?

You go, Hugo! Ahhwrrr, awwrrroooo!

I'll never forget my DW's mortified reaction after Chavez' famous speech at the UN a few years ago. Iirc, Chavez was basically telling the truth that needed telling, told to us the way we needed to hear it, and the DP -- and old Liberals like my DW -- immediately crapped their drawers because Chavez' remarks might hurt the DP's chances in the mid-term elections -- you remember the '06 mid-terms: The Most Important Election, Ever, Of All Recorded History Since The Creation Of The Stele Of Hammurabi -- as if the rest of humanity was actually holding its breath awaiting the outcome of some phony, shit-assed little US Congressional/Senatorial elections. Wotta hoot.

Seriously, this country could use a Hugo Chavez or two -- or twelve.

@ senecal,03.24.09, 6:27pm:

Schadenfreude? Shit, man, schadenfreude doesn't even begin to describe the glee I'm feeling right now. Yee hahhh.

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