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Commentary :: International
BTL:Bush Administration Efforts to Oust Venezuelan President Was Context for...
02 Sep 2005
...Pat Robertson's Call to Assassinate Hugo Chavez ~ Interview with Eva Golinger, Venezuelan-American attorney and author, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
Bush Administration Efforts to Oust Venezuelan President Was Context for Pat Robertson's Call to Assassinate Hugo Chavez

Interview with Eva Golinger, Venezuelan-American attorney and author, conducted by Scott Harris

Rev. Pat Robertson's televised call on Aug. 22 for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez further deteriorated the already hostile relationship between Washington and Caracas. Although the founder of the fundamentalist Christian Coalition was seen on his "700 Club" program calling for the U.S. government to assassinate Chavez, Robertson initially denied having made the statement and then, after growing condemnation, was shamed into issuing a written apology.

The U.S. State Department understatedly called Robertson's comments made on the Christian Broadcast Network "inappropriate." Hugo Chavez responded in a televised address by indicating that his government would take legal action against Pat Robertson and might ask for his extradition to Venezuela. The South American head of state also declared that "to call for the assassination of a head of state is an act of terrorism."

The Bush administration is widely believed to have played a supporting role in the April 2002 coup against Chavez, later reversed by a popular uprising. Since then, Washington has helped finance groups that organized an August 2004 failed national recall referendum aimed at forcing the populist president from office. Chavez, who has won two presidential elections and six referendums, is expected to run for re-election when his current term ends in 2006. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Eva Golinger, a Venezuelan-American attorney and author, who looks at current U.S. policy towards Venezuela beyond the Robertson controversy.

Eva Gollinger is author of the book, "The Chavez Code: Cracking U.S. Intervention in Venezuela." Read her articles on line at or

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