“The devils came here yesterday.”
That was Hugo Chavez in September 2006 at the height of his power.
The president of Venezuela calling then U.S. President George W. Bush “the devil” while addressing the U.N. general assembly.
In April of 2008 during a Summit of America’s conference, Chavez dared to approach President Obama, shaking his hand and presenting him a book criticizing the exploitation of Latin America by Europe and the U.S.
A vocal adversary of the U.S., the 6 term socialist President of Venezuela preferred the company of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Mahmud Abbas of Palestine.
And when President Obama criticized Venezuela’s ties to Iran and Cuba in December of 2011, Chavez called Obama a clown and an embarrassment who has turned the U.S. into a disaster.
Today as the self proclaimed Venezuelan strongman was losing his battle with cancer, his vice president expelled a U.S. Embassy attaché, accusing domestic and foreign enemies of poisoning Chavez.
“There will be a scientific commission that will disclose the information that commander Chavez has been attacked with this disease,” Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan vice president.
Espousing a doctrine he called “21 century socialism” Hugo Chavez was first elected President of Venezuela in 1998.
During his tenure, he pulled Venezuela out of the world bank, the international monetary fund.
And took control of the last remaining privately run oil fields.
Political, military, judicial, and the media opposition all were marginalized, repressed or jailed by Chavez.
But June of 2011 was the beginning of the end.
Surgery in Cuba removed a cancerous tumor.
Just weeks after his reelection to a 6th term in last December more surgery and radiation.
With the news of Chavez’s death, the Venezuelan military and police have been deployed in the streets.
– Glen Walker, KTLA News