Tuesday, 04 March 2008
BARACK '08? MEET BARACK '04
The indispensible www.sweetness-light.com has unearthed a Chicago Tribune article about Barack Obama's position when he was running for
the senate in 2004. I am showing the article below, complete
with sweetness-light's comments about it.
See if you think this is the same Mr. Barack Obama:
March 3rd, 2008
From the September 24, 2004 edition of the Chicago
Obama would consider missile strikes on
By David Mendell, Tribune staff reporter
September 25, 2004
U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama suggested
Friday that the United States one day might have to launch surgical missile
strikes into Iran and Pakistan to keep extremists from getting control of
Obama, a Democratic state senator from the Hyde
Park neighborhood, made the remarks during a meeting Friday with the Tribune
editorial board. Obamas Republican opponent, Alan Keyes, was invited to
attend the same session but declined.
Iran announced on Tuesday that it has begun
converting tons of uranium into gas, a crucial step in making fuel for a
nuclear reactor or a nuclear bomb. The International Atomic Energy Agency has
called for Iran to suspend all such activities.
Obama said the United States must first address
Irans attempt to gain nuclear capabilities by going before the United Nations
Security Council and lobbying the international community to apply more
pressure on Iran to cease nuclear activities. That pressure should come in the
form of economic sanctions, he said.
But if those measures fall short, the United
States should not rule out military strikes to destroy nuclear production
sites in Iran, Obama said.
The big question is going to be, if Iran is
resistant to these pressures, including economic sanctions, which I hope will
be imposed if they do not cooperate, at what point are we going to, if any,
are we going to take military action? Obama asked.
Given the continuing war in Iraq, the
United States is not in a position to invade Iran, but missile strikes might
be a viable option, he said. Obama conceded that such strikes might
further strain relations between the U.S. and the Arab world.
In light of the fact that were now in Iraq,
with all the problems in terms of perceptions about America that have been
created, us launching some missile strikes into Iran is not the optimal
position for us to be in, he said.
On the other hand, having a radical
Muslim theocracy in possession of nuclear weapons is worse. So I guess my
instinct would be to err on not having those weapons in the possession of the
ruling clerics of Iran. And I hope it doesnt get to that point. But
realistically, as I watch how this thing has evolved, Id be surprised if Iran
blinked at this point.
As for Pakistan, Obama said that
if President Pervez Musharraf were to lose power in a coup, the United States
similarly might have to consider military action in that country to destroy
nuclear weapons it already possesses. Musharrafs troops are battling
hundreds of well-armed foreign militants and Pakistani tribesmen in
increasingly violent confrontations.
Obama said that violent Islamic extremists are a
vastly different brand of foe than was the Soviet Union during the Cold War,
and they must be treated differently.
With the Soviet Union, you did get the sense
that they were operating on a model that we could comprehend in terms of, they
dont want to be blown up, we dont want to be blown up, so you do game theory
and calculate ways to contain, Obama said. I think there are certain
elements within the Islamic world right now that dont make those same
I think there are elements within Pakistan
right nowif Musharraf is overthrown and they took over, I think we would have
to consider going in and taking those bombs out, because I dont think we can
make the same assumptions about how they calculate risks.
A last resort
Obamas willingness to consider additional
military action in the Middle East comes despite his early and vocal
opposition to the Iraq war. Obama, however, also has stressed that he is not
averse to using military action as a last resort, although he believes that
President Bush did not make that case for the Iraq invasion
Also during the session, Obama said that, if
elected, he likely would make the health-care crisis his first priority. He
said he would seek to expand the federal program that gives aid to poor
children without health coverage, improve the COBRA program to allow for
greater portability of coverage, and push for small businesses to receive tax
credits to help pay for employee health insurance.
Views on gay marriage
Earlier Friday, Obama clarified
his position on gay marriage after several days of criticism from
[GOP Senate candidate Alan] Keyes on the issue. Keyes, a vehement opponent of
gay marriage who has called homosexuals selfish hedonists, charged during a
campaign swing Downstate this week that Obama favors gay marriage.
But during a taping of WBBM-AMs At Issue,
Obama said that his Christian faith dictates that marriage should be
between a man and woman.
Im a Christian. And so, although
I try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political
views on this issue, I do believe that tradition, and my religious beliefs say
that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman, Obama
Obama said he would not let his religious
beliefs dictate the way he approaches public policy. He said he would supports
civil unions between gay and lesbian couples, as well as letting individual
states determine if marriage between gay and lesbian couples should be
Giving them a set of basic rights would allow
them to experience their relationship and live their lives in a way that
doesnt cause discrimination, Obama said. I think it is the right balance to
strike in this society.
Hmmm. There is a lot of saber-rattling here. Mr.
Obama would attack Iran if they continue with their nuclear program unabated.
He would even have the US invade Pakistan and take
away their nuclear weapons if Mr. Musharraf were to be overthrown.
Both of which sound very much like the kind of
pre-emptive warfare he now so eloquently and adamantly attacks.
Also, Mr. Obamas remarks that marriage should be
between a man and a woman, might not play so well with the homosexual community
he is now so assiduously courting.
But, to be fair, this from way back in 2004, when
Mr. Obama was merely a lowly Illinois state senator. Not the omniscient being he
And thankfully for his campaign, this article has
been expunged from the Chicago Tribunes website and from the internet, so
nobody will ever hear about his untoward comments.
For months Mr. Obama has been making speeches about
"change". He is for "change". Don't you want "change"? Isn't
it good if we can "change"? But there hasn't been much about what change
he is talking about.
Maybe this is the answer. Maybe he means the 2008 version of Barack
Obama has changed dramatically from the 2004 version.
Sort of makes you wonder how the 2009 - 2013 version would change
Remember Michelle Obama, who said that Barack Obama's candidacy represented
the first thing in her adult life that made her proud of America -- and then
assured us she didn't mean what she plainly said?
Well, here are some more comments that she'll be explaining very
soon. They are pulled from an excerpt in the latest issue of The
New Yorker. You can read the entire article by clicking here:
Obama begins with a broad assessment of life in
America in 2008, and life is not good: were a divided country, were a
country that is just downright mean, we are guided by fear, were a nation
of cynics, sloths, and complacents. We have become a nation of struggling
folks who are barely making it every day, she said, as heads bobbed in the
pews. Folks are just jammed up, and its gotten worse over my lifetime. And,
doggone it, Im young. Forty-four!
From these bleak generalities, Obama moves into
specific complaints. Used to be, she will say, that you could count on a
decent education in the neighborhood. But now there are all these charter
schools and magnet schools that you have to finagle to get into. (Obama
herself attended a magnet school, but never mind.) Health care is out of reach
(Let me tell you, dont get sick in America), pensions are disappearing,
college is too expensive, and even if you can figure out a way to go to
college you wont be able to recoup the cost of the degree in many of the
professions for which you needed it in the first place. Youre looking at a
young couple thats just a few years out of debt, Obama said. See, because,
we went to those good schools, and we didnt have trust funds. Im still
waiting for Baracks trust fund. Especially after I heard that Dick Cheney was
sposed to be a relative or something. Give us something here!
You thought Teresa Heinz Kerry was a loose cannon? By comparison
Michelle Obama is a loose fusillade.
However, get ready to find out that she didn't mean it.
THE TIMES COVERAGE OF ANTOIN "TONY" REZKO'S TRIAL
Yesterday the trial of Antoin "Tony" Rezko began. Its consequences for
the Obama campaign could be devastating and, conceivably, even
Following is the entire body of Rezko coverage given by this morning's New York
Well, that's about it. I'll report on the Times' coverage of Rezko's trial
AN INCONVENIENT OTHER POINT OF VIEW
If you read and watch nothing but mainstream media, you probably think no
credible scientist disagrees with the global warming mantra of Al Gore and his
But you would be wrong.
I've blogged numbers of times about how many dissenters there are and
lamented the fact that they are rarely if ever covered by mainstream
media. Well, here's another example, courtesy of www.businessandmedia.com:
Forecaster William Gray Predicts Global Cooling in 10 Years
Expert states ocean cycles will have a more profound
effect on climate than CO2; criticizes James Hansen's climate
By Jeff Poor
It turns out Al
Gore was wrong. The scientists arent all in agreement on global warming; thus
there is no consensus.
Prominent hurricane forecaster Dr. William M. Gray, a professor at
Colorado State University, told the audience at the 2008
International Conference on Climate Change on March 4 in New York
that a natural cycle of ocean water temperatures related to the
salinity (the amount of salt) in ocean water was responsible for some global
warming that has taken place. However, he said that same cycle means a period of cooling would begin within 10
years. We should begin to
see cooling coming on, Gray said. Im willing to make a big financial bet on
it. In 10 years, I expect the globe to be somewhat cooler than it is now,
because this ocean effect will dominate over the human-induced CO2
effect and I believe the solar effect and the land-use effect. I think this is
Gray, 79, wasnt sure
if hed be around to see his prediction come true.
I may not be around
by that time, Gray said. But, Ive asked some of my students to put dandelions
on my grave if that happens.
Gray criticized NASA
scientist and global warming alarmist James Hansen, calling him the most
egregious abuser of data. According to Gray, Hansens alarmism is exaggerated
because the models he uses to predict the increase in global warming count on
too much water vapor in the atmosphere.
[S]o he puts that
much vapor in his model and of course he gets this, Gray said. He must get
upper troposphere where the temperature is seven degrees warmer for a doubl[ing
of] CO2. Well, the reason he got that was why this upper-level warming was
there was he put too much water vapor in the model.
At the same
conference March 3, the founder of The Weather Channel advocated suing carbon traders, including former Vice President Al
Gore, to expose what he called the fraud of
Dr. Gray has spoken out about global warming in the past and been ignored by
mainstream media. Now he has spoken out again, and will almost certainly
be ignored again too.
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them
HILLARY CLINTON'S FLYING MONKEYS: AT IT AGAIN?
If this report is true, it is repulsive.
Here, courtesy of www.foxnews.com, is an
accusation that Hillary Clinton's people may have intentionally darkened
pictures of Barack Obama for one of her ads - presumably to make him look more
Black, thus more threatening to people who fear a Black presidency:
Tuesday, March 4,
A controversial new Hillary Clinton
attack ad is causing an Internet stir among critics who claim it deliberately
darkens Barack Obamas skin color.
A posting on the liberal site
DailyKos.com shows side-by-side screen grabs of Barack Obama taken during a
debate with Clinton in Cleveland last week. The screen grab ascribed to the
Clinton ad shows a clearly darker-skinned Obama, prompting bloggers to wonder if
it had been done to highlight his race.
But despite the strong similarities
between the DailyKos image purported to be of the Clinton ad and the online
version of the ad on Clintons Web site, Clinton spokesman Jay Carson insists
the DailyKos image is not taken from their ad.
Carson said the campaigns chief ad
maker, Mandy Grunwald, emphatically insisted the DailyKos ad was not their
The screen grab on Kos is not a screen
grab from our ad, Carson said. Our ad team pulled our actual ad and it is not
the one up on Kos.
Click here to see the Clinton ad on
Prior to speaking to Grunwald, Carson
had speculated that the entire ad was darkened as part of a
saturation-desaturation process typical in commercial production, and he sent
in an example of a darkened Clinton ad featuring the candidate and the original
footage of Clinton delivering the campaign speech used in the ad.
He said both candidates have done it in
their ads, and no ulterior motive was behind the process in the campaigns most
recent ad. Carson later told FOXNews.com that that speculation was incorrect,
and repeated that the ad up on Kos is wrong.
A number of commonly used techniques
allow photo and video editors to darken or lighten images. The lighting and
tonality can be changed for effect, to highlight some parts of the image or for
a variety of other reasons.
But one posting on the DailyKos site
charged that while darkening footage may be considered standard practice for
political ads trying to cast the target as sinister, it is not an acceptable
Even if you accept that as normal
practice, its still a dirty one, and it takes on a more charged meaning when
youre using it to attack someone in your own party whos already fighting
against a lot of racism in the false Muslim smears, the posting said. This is,
at best, the worst of politics as usual.
The Obama campaign had no
Some bloggers immediately compared the
case to the infamous 1994 Time magazine cover of O.J. Simpson following his
arrest on murder charges. In that case, Time photo editors deliberately darkened
a mug shot of Simpson, giving him a much more menacing appearance.
The Clinton ad, released Monday in
Texas, alleged that Obama was too busy running for president to hold any
hearings as chairman of an oversight committee for the Senate Foreign Relations
National Review Editor Rich Lowry said the ad flap
was little more than a sign that the Democratic race will continue to be
I have trouble believing they actually
would deliberately darken the image of Barack Obama, he said, adding that some
charges come from oversensitivity of those making the allegations.
Theres going to be this kind of
controversy every day, Lowry said.
Click here to see the original debate
footage of Obama.
Does this have "Clinton" written all over it, or what?
Remember when it seemed a lock that there would be a
Democratic President in 2008? Which of the two candidates would you
want? Obama, with his racist/anti-semitic ties or Clinton, who does things
Choosing between these two is like choosing between a
stomach virus and impetigo.
John McCain must be the happiest man in
THE WRONGNESS OF WRIGHT
I just came across an excellent article about Senator Barack Obama's
association with Pastor Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ
(TUCC). Mr. Obama has been a member of this church for almost 20 years and
calls Wright his "spiritual mentor".
I think the article is timely and important. So I am providing a link
to it right here.
Within the article, there are excerpts dealing specifically with what TUCC
and Pastor Wright stand for. This is especially important because of
it says about Mr. Obama's judgment (he joined TUCC as a Harvard-educated
adult) and the belief system which apparently was just fine with
him for all these years, until it had to be explained to voters
around the country.
The excerpts are shown below. Since every part is important, no bold
print is necessary:
are fair game
Updated: 03/03/2008 07:14:04 PM MST
Obama, the guiding hand to American unanimity, has
for the past 20 years been a parishioner at Chicago's Trinity United Church of
Christ, whose leader is, by any reasonable standard, a racist.
The pastor in question is Jeremiah Wright Jr. It
was his use of the term "audacity of hope" in a sermon that inspired Obama to
title his best-selling book with the phrase.
Wright is a longtime supporter of Nation of
Islam's Louis Farrakhan. Last year, the "Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter
Award" was given to Farrakhan, who, it turns out, "truly epitomized greatness."
Farrakhan, in addition to making frequent
distasteful comments about race, is a person who referred to Judaism as a
"gutter religion" and its adherents a bunch of "bloodsuckers."
Wright even tagged along when Farrakhan visited
Libya's dictator Moammar Khadafy a terrorist financier directly linked to the
murder of Americans for a chitchat in 1980s.
Obama has shown zero inclination to agree with any
of Farrakhan or Wright's odious statements. But as Obama's largest recipient of
charitable donations, Trinity United Church of Christ is more than a fleeting
distraction in the candidate's life. This is not guilt by association. Until a
last minute change of heart, Obama's campaign invocation was to be given by
After bumping Wright, an Obama aide explained:
"Senator Obama is proud of his pastor and his church, but because of the type of
attention it was receiving on blogs and conservative talk shows, he decided to
avoid having statements and beliefs being used out of context and forcing the
entire church to defend itself."
If he is proud of his pastor, then asking Obama to
clarify his connection to Wright is neither slander nor innuendo nor is it the
right-wing "noise machine" in action.
It is nearly inconceivable to imagine Clinton or
McCain or any presidential candidate enjoying a close relationship with
pastor who praises a racist leader for "his integrity and honesty" not
coming under the scrutiny of the entire media.
No, Obama shouldn't have to deal with unfair
innuendo, but he deserves no dispensation when it comes to Wright.
I've said it again and again here, and it bears
repeating now: Barack Obama has proactively joined, and remained with, a
racist church led by a racist pastor - one who reveres the racist, anti-semitic
louis farrakhan. Even when Mr. Obama was (more or less) denouncing
farrakhan in last week's debate he referred to him as "MINISTER Farrakhan" - a
title of respect and acceptance that he is a valid minister of something.
And what is farrakhan a minister of?
He is a minister of the Nation of Islam, which believes that White people are devil mutants created
by a deranged doctor about 6,000 years ago. And that Jews belong
to either a "gutter" or "dirty" religion (most people think he said "gutter",
he claims he said "dirty". Maybe he thinks calling Judaism "dirty" is better. I
It is about time - actually long past time - for Mr.
Obama to for once and for all explain his continued involvement with TUCC and Wright. It is about time for him
to sound like something other than a slick politician when talking about
his church and its pastor's association with louis farrakhan.
I'm counting the minutes until he does.
OBAMA FINALLY GETS GRILLED
Finally. Senator Barack Obama, the would-be Democratic presidential
nominee, was asked some tough questions by media not willing to fawn at the
sight of him.
So how did it turn out? I'll let the New York Daily News tell you:
Angry Barack Obama bombarded by media
Tuesday, March 4th 2008, 4:00 AM
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. - An exasperated Barack Obama scurried
away Monday from the toughest news conference of his campaign, telling reporters
who kept shouting questions that he'd spent enough time on the grill.
"Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions,"
Obama, looking surprised, told shouting reporters as he fled the room. "We're
The Clinton campaign has long complained that
Obama gets soft treatment from the press corps. But Monday's exchange was no
The first question was about a private talk an
Obama economic adviser had with a Canadian official - reportedly saying that the
harshness of Obama's criticisms of the North
American Free Trade Agreement was for
Last week, Obama denied an initial media report
about the conversation. But after a Canadian government memo surfaced, he
acknowledged yesterday there was a conversation.
"When I gave you that information, that was the
information that I had at the time," he said. His camp still disputes the memo's
account of the discussion.
The questioning then turned to Obama's links to
ex-fund-raiser Tony Rezko, who went on trial in
Chicago Monday on
corruption charges. A reporter asserted Obama hadn't fully answered journalists'
questions on Rezko.
Obama insisted he had - during a past news
conference with Chicago media. But another persisted that questions remain
unanswered, such as ones about fund-raisers Rezko held for him.
Obama replied, "These requests, I think, can just
go on forever. ..." He said the "pertinent" information had been provided.
When Obama declared the press conference over, one
reporter yelled that he was dodging questions just minutes after claiming he
There you have it. Duck, dodge, get angry and run
Are these signs that Mr. Obama is ready for prime time? Well, you read the article - it
sort of answers itself, doesn't it?
The questions were right on target. Mr. Obama,
and/or his campaign people are lying about what was communicated to the country
of Canada. Obviously the Obama campaign had to say something,
since he flipped
out a threat to summarily renege on the NAFTA agreement if Canada didn't behave
to his liking.
What did Obama think would happen when he said it? DId he think they'd
send him an "Ok boss, anything you say" love letter? This is what happens
when someone with no experience is put into a position where he needs a lot of
about Mr. Obama ducking questions on the Rezko trial, which started yesterday? Antoin "Tony"
Rezko is Barack Obama's long-time compatriot and business associate. He is also about as dirty
as a 50 year old garbage can.
Rezko is the guy Mr. Obama claimed to have received about $50,000 from
but who, we later found out, gave more than triple that amount. He is
also the guy who got Mr. Obama the $1.6 million dollar mansion he lives
in. etc. etc. etc.
It is hardly a surprise that Mr. Obama didn't want to
answer questions about Rezko. The surprise is that media wanted to ask
them, and were none to
happy at his non-response.
If Barack Obama wins the Democratic nomination, he
better get used to months and months of questions just like these, and
a lot harder ones to boot. Because if this press conference is any
indication, the "we love you Barack" portion of the media program may be ending.
Does it look like he's capable of handling real scrutiny from skeptical media? Not to me
it doesn't. That is something a candidate develops through experience. And,
stripped of all the rhetoric, Barack Obama hasn't got
ILLEGAL, PREGNANT AND DEPORTED
Here are excerpts from an Associated Press article about a young women
who fits the above description. See what you think about it. (you can read
the entire article by clicking
N.M. town split over immigrant's removal
By DEBORAH BAKER, Associated Press
WriterTue Mar 4, 2:32 PM ET
Karina Acosta's senior year at Roswell High came
to an abrupt end after she was ticketed for blocking a fire lane outside a
school and driving without a license.
The officer who stopped her a Roswell policeman
assigned to the school asked her for proof of legal U.S. residency. Acosta, an
illegal immigrant, had none. The officer telephoned immigration authorities, and
Acosta, 18 and pregnant, was sent back to Mexico.
Supreme Court ruling guarantees children who are in the U.S. illegally the right
to a public education, and says schools cannot inquire about their immigration
status. Federal authorities have a policy of not enforcing immigration laws on
But the question of whether police may do so is
Marisol Perez of the Mexican American Legal
Defense and Educational Fund said Corn's actions were "certainly questionable
and problematic." She said the case was "just as egregious" as that of three
students who were arrested at an Albuquerque high school in 2004 on immigration
charges. The students sued the police, who later settled.
Roswell's interim police chief, Scott Douglass,
defended Corn, saying that the 10-year veteran was investigating a crime and
that officers may ask people in the course of a criminal investigation about
their immigration status.
Assistant School Superintendent Mike Kakuska told
parents immediately after the incident that the school system didn't support the
officer's actions and had protested Acosta's arrest to immigration
The legal question aside, some of Acosta's former
teachers said she was wronged.
"The thing that made me angry is that schools are
supposed to be safe for any student, regardless of what nationality, what age
they may be," the teacher said.
But others in Roswell resent the influx of
Mexicans who are in the U.S. illegally and complain the newcomers are using
resources such as hospital emergency rooms without paying enough in taxes.
"They're here freeloading, and that's exactly the
reason I think they should not be allowed in the school system," said Gene
Warren, a retired telephone repairman.
An Acosta family friend, Rosie Delgado, said that
Acosta's mother, who has also been living in Roswell, was terrified after the
incident and that the girl's two younger sisters were afraid to return to school
for a week or so. Delgado said family members don't want to talk to reporters,
and she would not disclose their whereabouts.
The Rev. Juan Montoya of St. John the Baptist
Roman Catholic Church said many in his congregation live in fear of being picked
up by police in Roswell.
"It's not just about Karina. Karina is just one of
many," said Montoya, a Mexican-American. "I know people who have been picked up
didn't break a law, they didn't pass a stop sign, they didn't do
So? Do you think any of this makes sense?
Karina Acosta is eighteen, apparently unmarried, pregnant and
Is she a sympathetic figure? Or is she a freeloader brought to the
USA by a family of freeloaders? Maybe she's both.
What a mess.
CHAVEZ: WHEN LUNATICS GET CONTROL
Yugo*** Chavez is Venezuela's head of state. He is also a publicity mad
lunatic who will do just about anything, however bizarre or destructive, to get
the attention he apparently cannot live without.
But things have been a bit too quiet of late. That's not good. So
what to do, what to do? Hey, how about mass troops on a neighboring
country's border and see if we can start a war. Yeah, that's the ticket.
If you think I'm kidding, please be aware I am not. Read this:
Troops Head to Colombia Border
Tuesday, March 4,
Hundreds of Venezuelan troops deployed for the
Colombian border on Tuesday under orders from President Hugo Chavez, who is
sending about 9,000 soldiers to the frontier.
Hundreds of troops were seen boarding four buses
and eight trucks at the Paramaracay base in the central city of Valencia on
Tuesday morning, headed for the border. Their convoy also included fuel trucks
and cranes. A helicopter flew overhead.
A base official, speaking on condition of
anonymity because she wasn't permitted to speak to reporters, said the troops
were heading for the Colombian border, though she didn't specify the
Elsewhere, in the northern state of Lara,
pro-Chavez Gov. Luis Reyes said Tuesday that batallions in his state were
heading for the border.
"There are mobilizations in Lara state toward the
border zone," Reyes, a former lieutenant colonel, told the Venezuelan television
The Venezuelan military has been tightlipped about
the movement of troops since Sunday, when Chavez ordered 10 battalions to the
border, including tanks.
Retired Gen. Alberto Muller Rojas, a former aide
and close ally of Chavez, told The Associated Press that the 10 battalions being
sent to the border region include approximately 9,000 men. He called the troop
deployment entirely "preventive."
Chavez deployed troops in response to Colombia's
killing of a top rebel leader on Ecuadorean soil over the weekend. Ecuador has
also sent troops to its border with Colombia, denouncing the military strike as
a violation of its sovereignty.
Venezuela's military currently has about 100,000
regular troops and a growing force of reservists that now totals 280,000, said
Muller, who in retirement is vice president of Chavez's socialist
Lets see: Colombia is engaged in a civil war
that has gone on for about 30 years now, at the cost of hundreds of thousands of
the country's own lives. It is determined that a rebel leader is
hiding out in Equador (not Venezuela, Equador). Colombia kills the rebel
So Yugo Chavez decides HE'S going to get into the act. He is
sending troops by the thousands to mass at the Colombian border - an action
that obviously will necessitate Colombia doing the same.
What will happen next? Potentially, anything and everything.
Nobody can know for sure.
But what we do know is that the name Yugo Chavez
is featured in the news again. And for a lunatic with an insatiable ego?
****I call him Yugo instead of Hugo, because his performance as Venezuela's
head of state reminds me so much of the car.
UPDATE: We now have this from www.foxnews.com:
BOGOTA, Colombia President Alvaro Uribe said Tuesday that
his government would ask the International Criminal Court to try Venezuelan
leader Hugo Chavez for financing and supporting Colombia's main rebel group
while it was engaging in genocide.
The Uribe government claims
documents found in the laptop of a slain commander of the Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia indicate Chavez's government recently gave $300 million to
the group known as the FARC.
"Colombia is proposing that the
International Criminal Court charge Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela,
for the support and financing of genocide," Uribe told journalists after
meeting with an ex-congresswoman who was recently freed by the FARC after more
than six years as a hostage.
The United States and the
European Union classify the FARC as an international terrorist
Aha. Maybe THAT'S why Chavez put those troops there. Maybe he knew what
Colombia would find out about his activities on behalf of the rebels. This
could get unbelievably ugly, unbelievably fast.