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Big Blond Buffoon: No Bush Apology Needed for Robertson Remark

Reported by Judy - August 24, 2005

George W. Bush, who owes his victory to evangelical Christians, does not need to do anything to distance himself from evangelical preacher Pat Robertson's suggestion that the U.S. assassinate the leader of Venezuela. That's according to "The Big Story's" big blond buffoon of a host, John Gibson

Gibson said Wednesday (August 24, 2005) that Robertson is only a private citizen and not part of the government so Bush need not do anything. Gibson was riled up over the Rev. Jesse Jackson's statement that Bush needed to condemn Robertson's remark about Hugo Chavez in order to disassociate the U.S. from it.

In an appearance on "The Big Story," Jackson said Robertson has been a strong supporter of the Bush administration and Bush has appeared on his show. "His (Robertson's) statement carries great weight," Jackson argued.

Gibson then tried to make the case that assassinating foreign leaders is better than going to war, noting that "today there are 1,900 dead soldiers in Iraq and Saddam Hussein is alive. Don't you wish that were reversed?" Jackson failed to bite on that false choice and instead said he wished Bush would have continued the policy of containment against Saddam Hussein instead of going to war based on false claims of weapons of mass destruction.

Gibson treated Jackson with hostility. When Jackson noted that "our largest energy producer in this hemisphere is Venezuela," Gibson tried to correct him, saying, "Canada is the biggest energy exporter to the U.S. in this hemisphere." Jackson, who clearly was not referring to U.S. imports, stuck to his guns and said that Venezuela is the fifth largest oil producer in the world.

Just to make sure Fox got in plenty of licks at Jackson, Gibson followed Jackson's appearance with a stacked-deck panel of two Republican guests -- GOP strategist Rick Galen and Tony Blankley of the Washington Times. Gibson asked them if Bush needed to do anything about Robertson's remarks.

Blankley took advantage of Jackson's absence to accuse him rather than Robertson of being irresponsible, complaining that Jackson was trying to connect Pat Robertson with Bush. As if that is hard to do.

Galen then trotted out the old GOP standby, "the infamous double standard" in the media. He complained that nobody insisted all Democrats apologize for Sen. Minority Leader Henry Reid's comment calling Bush a "loser" so why should Bush have to disassociate himself from Robertson's comments?

Galen is such a whiner, but I'll go ahead and explain it to him. Reid was not threatening the head of a foreign government with his statement. Robertson was. Robertson is friends with people who could make his suggestion happen. People who owe political debts to Robertson could make it happen. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says assassinating foreign leaders is against the law so not to worry, but torturing prisoners is against the law, too, and that didn't stop Abu Ghraib.

Bush needs to speak up and make U.S. policy crystal clear. Robertson's statement probably has made a lot of people nervous, given our history of meddling in Latin American countries' affairs over the past 100 years.

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