Friends in Low Places

Posted on April 20 2009 11:19 am
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Move over, domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and America-hating preacher Jeremiah Wright. Now that Barack Obama is President, he has acquired a whole new cadre of low-life friends.

At the Summit of the Americas this past weekend, for instance, Obama enjoyed some quality time with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, exchanging handshakes and pats on the back with the Communist strongman. “I have a lot to learn,” said Obama, “and I very much look forward to listening and figuring out how we can work together more effectively.”

Casually dismissing the concerns of American lawmakers who have decried his overture to Chavez, Obama contends that the U.S. can afford to extend such “courtesy” in an effort to improve our country’s global image, and that the U.S. has nothing to fear from Chavez.

Nothing to fear? Let’s take a quick look at the man running the show in Venezuela: Chavez has candidly and repeatedly expressed his eagerness to help bring about America’s ultimate demise. In 2006 he told reporters, “The United States empire is on its way down and it will be finished in the near future, inshallah (Arabic for ‘God willing’).”

This wasn’t hollow rhetoric. In addition to supporting terrorists groups (like the notorious FARC) in South America, Chavez has also reached out to Islamic terror outfits like al-Qaeda. In January 2003, for example, it was reported that Chavez had commissioned one of his military officers to deliver $1 million to the Taliban, which in turn funneled the cash to al Qaeda.

Judicial Watch, a non-partisan public interest legal organization, later filed a lawsuit against Chavez on behalf of a victim and a survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Said Judicial Watch President Larry Klayman, “Chavez, as President of Venezuela, and in furtherance of his radical terrorist agenda, initiated a plan to assist, aid, and abet bin Laden and al-Qaeda to relocate and train terrorists for future attacks on the United States.”

Notwithstanding the friendly byplay between Obama and Chavez at the Summit of the Americas, just last month Chavez referred to Obama as an “ignoramus.” Perhaps he was right.

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