And guess what? I called it again! I predicted the various weasel-out options, and he basically pulled out a little bit of everything.
First he claimed that the Associated Press “misquoted” him, which is similar to saying he was being “taken out of context”. Oh, he “never said” that the US government should ASSASINATE Chavez! He just said that the government should “take him out”, which he “meant” was to kidnap Chavez.
No, sir, that is a bold-faced LIE! Here is the EXACT quote of what Robertson said:
“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.”
Those were HIS WORDS! And believe me, they were replayed over and over again in the media, so there was no possible way that people could have “misquoted” him.
So first he claimed that the AP “misquoted” him, touching on weasel-out option number one, and hinting at weasel-out option number three (blaming it on the media). Later he begged for forgiveness and said that he spoke “out of frustration”, which touched on weasel-out option number four.
And I suppose that he expects the rest of the world to simply let it go right? Well I’m sorry, but I don’t think that the matter should be dropped. Conservatives want to downplay Robertson as being “old” and “out of touch”, but he is still the head mullah for the Christian Coalition. He’s the one who told conservatives in no uncertain terms just a couple of years ago “we put you IN office, and we can take you OUT of office”. There SHOULD be no mercy on him. He SHOULD face the music for what he said. He still has way too many people kissing his wrinkled old ass and doing anything he says for this matter to simply be “let go”. This man is a Christian mullah, and he should be treated no differently than mullah “chunky” (Muqtada al-Sadr) over in Iraq who was causing problems for US forces.