Pat Robertson now tells us he was misinterpreted, that he did not call for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, despite comments broadcast on his program two days earlier.
"I didn't say 'assassination,'" Robertson said Wednesday on his Christian Broadcast Network show "The 700 Club" about remarks reported by The Associated Press and other media outlets. "I said our special forces should 'take him out. "
Evidently, Robertson simply wanted to take the Venezuelan out for dinner but the press with their liberal bias and anti-American agenda misquoted him. Unfortunately for Robertson, a video of Monday's telecast shows that Robertson's exact words were:
"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." . . . "We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with."
Hold on. Don't get excited. I'm sure there's a perfectly sound explanation for this. People forget what they say all the time. You know how it is, you make 8 or 9 death threats in a day and pretty soon they all run together and you can't forget which person you're threatening to kill and which one you're threatening to kidnap and torture. A lot of Christian ministers and moral authorities have this problem. Wasn't Ghandi and Martin Luther King threatening to kill people about every other speech? . . . They weren't? Oh, well. I'm sure Robertson meant well. He is a true-blooded Christian American after all.