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Uh-Oh, Should Bush Cover His Ears?

Some folks undoubtedly will head over to the Center for Strategic and International Studies this evening for no other reason than to hear what creative epithets the Venezuelan ambassador might hurl at President Bush.

"The devil" has already been taken, of course. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez used that one to describe Bush during a speech to the U.N. General Assembly last year.

So, who knows what Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez Herrera might come up with at tonight's event. Though, maybe he'll keep it tame, not wanting to risk one-upping his cantankerous boss.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 25, 2007; 6:25 PM ET
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Was there a purpose to this?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2007 8:22 PM | Report abuse

any chance for anti-chavez digs -- you know, 'he's crazy', 'undiplomatic', 'populist'!!!

educate thyself; we snooze, we lose!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2007 9:13 PM | Report abuse

If that's the only reason for going, it doesn't say much for the attendee or the speaker.

In any case, rather than endlessly poking fun or lobbing spears at Bush, why not take a more careful look at the ignorant thug who's now Venezuela's dictator and watch what he's doing.

Posted by: Lilycat1 | July 26, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I don't have to go to the CSI, I can go to any public venue and here the citizens of this country pick apart Bush et. al., and rightly so. The only positive thing his administration has done, has been to begin to wake up the complascent American voters, and currently, that is happening big time.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 26, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

why does the 'post' waste time on this so-called writing of a STORY?

Posted by: alison stone | July 26, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I wonder when both politicians would both stop hurling insults at one another and deal with serious issues on their hands like the Millenium Goals. According to the Borgen Project, the Bush Administration publicly acknowledged the Millenium Goals but behind the scenes is obstructing their completement.

Posted by: Erica | July 26, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow ... must be nice weather out, and as soon as you got this done, you could go out, right?

Were you mocking the ambassador? Bush? Both? Your readers? Your editors?

Posted by: Ken - Farmington, NH | July 26, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

¿¿¿¿¿Why do you Bush haters keep pilling on the man who has kept terrorist out of the country since 9/11? You remind me of my old high School englsh teach.

Posted by: JOHN | July 26, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse


The Vemezuelam leader may be a thug, but he sure calls 'em like he sees 'em !

NO epithet is undeserved for the moron at the WH.

Posted by: Hub Galliker | July 26, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Is this supposed to be newsworthy on some level?

Posted by: someone | July 26, 2007 9:04 PM | Report abuse

The intelligence level of Mister Bush is so low it is impossible to insult him.

Posted by: The Democrat | July 26, 2007 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Bush just signed an executive order which puts your assets at risk of confiscation by the FBI/DOJ if you show doubt in his Iraqi government or his goal of achieveing 'peace' in that violent war torn country. His majesty has devised his own 'federalist' constitution which does not include the subpoena power of congress.

Chavez steals the assets of mega oil companies in his own country and hugs, literally and symbolically, a dying communist. Jezz just who is the thug referred to in the above posts? Maybe Herrera cast a shadow of certainty tonight and maybe not.

Posted by: cyberman | July 27, 2007 3:11 AM | Report abuse


It's more important to take a more careful look at the ignorant thug in the White House.

Posted by: Eric Yendall | July 27, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Hugo Chavez is not universally liked even in Latin America. But he is galvanizing Latin America to speak for itself, to confront the American thug that has been controlling, pulverizing, and manipulating Latin America for well more than 100 years for its own benefit, including destablizing legitimate democracies and murder. He overstates the case often, but that is the province of revolutionaries to effect social change. He is unilaterally and without compensation seizing private assets of American and other companies - why? - for the benefit of his people. Is he also arrogating to himself the powers of tyranny? That may also be the case, and he may self-immolate as so many would-be reformers do, but it should be for domestic reasons, not because of money and influence from outside Venezuela.

The neocons have no limits, however, because they have no doubts. They have publicly attempted to murder Chavez, a duly elected President. The neocons, including Bush, Cheney and the rest of these criminals are international criminals on a scale matching some of the worst of the past. Hurling insults at Hugo Chavez is a case of the charred kettle insulting the scorched pan.

Posted by: TonyJ | July 27, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse


let me get this straight, if Chavez, democratically elected, is a dictator, what is Bush?

Posted by: Ed | July 27, 2007 7:08 PM | Report abuse

blah, blah, least we keep up appearences with the 1st Admendment. Ole Hugo is booting tourists who do not speak fondly of his upstanding ways. Of course, he did shut down a TV station who's views did oppose his own. Hmmmmm.. think if we did that the news stations and papers would finally get back to the basics of real journalism?

Posted by: zendrell | July 28, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse


I don't think your old high school "Englsh teach" did a vry gude jobb.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

This is my first time visiting "the sleuth" and it will be my last. I think this post is ignorant and isn't newsworthy. Visit Chris C., he's much better than this.

Posted by: reason | July 28, 2007 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone care what the Venezuelan ambassador has to say? He represents a country that elected hugo chavez. That shoudl say enough.

Then again, why would anyone read such a unnewsworthy "story" like the one posted here.

Posted by: Paul S. | July 30, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

ummmm....TonyJ.....your hero is in reality a dictator.....speaking of historical patterns common to that region of the world....


Posted by: actually_served | July 30, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Mary Ann Akers needs to stop writing for the post. She looks like Tina Fey and a glasses girl who will give you a blow job. I am sexually attracted to her every time I look at the e-mail and I can't take it anymore.

Posted by: mhew | July 30, 2007 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Any Blasting of bush, cheney, rove, The real Axis of Evil, or anyother member of this criminal enterprise being run out of the white house is OK by me. I do not care who is blasting them, they deserve it.

I blame both republicans, who I now call "repukes" and Democrats. If the Democrats would have been as ruthless as rove, and if not for that dam nader. We may not have had the stupidest president in our history!

Posted by: DW | July 31, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Here's some colorful terms that he could use to describe George W. Bush.


The list is endless!

Posted by: GUY FOX | July 31, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sir / Madam

I am 46 years old, Canadian citizen and native of Pakistan (muslim). I was an immigration consultant in Canada and also member of Canadian Bar Association as part of my business , I had an office in New York.
During 2001 immediately after the Sept 11, event the US govt arrested me on Oct 25, 2001 on anonymous call, as a material witness for the 9/11 world trade centre terrorist attack. A detail investigation by the FBI and USA Naval intelligence dept was conducted and I was cleared, but even then govt put me in front of Grand jury , and I was cleared and the case was dismissed by the Grand jury of the US Federal Court .
Approximately after 2 weeks , before I was released from custody the US Govt imposed a new charges of Fraud and money laundering , under the advice of my attorney , I pleaded guilty and I was sentenced to prison for five years (which was four years more, what I pleaded). In which I had already spent 3 years in Detention jail, during the case , I had about 14 months left to finishing my sentence ,(instead of appealing, I preferred to applied for Treaty Transfer to Canada, because if the case is in the appeal, defendant is not eligible for transfer back to his home country).
While at prison, I learned from the case manager Miss Hause, that my citizen was incorrect in the FBOP's (Federal Bureau of Prison) computer system as Pakistani instead of Canadian.
Its important to note , that all of my Canadian identifications (passport , citizenship card , S.I.N , Health card , Driving license etc) were under FBI's possession, with a great deal of concern, I wrote a letter to the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo, N.Y to notify such mistake and requested them to fix this problem. This is especially important for Treaty Transfer back to Canada.
The Canadian Consulate official sent a letter to the jail to correct my citizenship status, however FBOP ignored the request and the citizenship status in the FBOP computer still reflect Pakistani instead of Canadian (Note:- I would be required to obtain visa to visit Pakistan) .In contrast , the deportation letter received from US Immigration dept, Contained the correct citizenship status of Canada.
At the hindsight, I believe that the FBOP intentionally left the citizenship as Pakistani, so that they could retained me at their facility, while the govt is planning to file new charges against me 3rd time.
Approximately six weeks before my released date on Jan 30 ,2006 I was notified by the FBOP that I was being transferred from Allenwood , PA to MDC (Metropolitan Detention Centre) in Brooklyn N.Y, it was explained to me, that the purpose of this transfer was in preparation for deportation back to Canada, (after few days, I signed the immigration deportation papers, with my consular Miss Chen).
But immediately after my arriving to MDC Brooklyn, I discovered during a phone call with my family in Montreal, that RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) official had contacted my sister and brother-in-law regarding the whereabouts of my wife and my current situation, there was no explanation given by the RCMP official to the purpose of the call and he left his phone number and asked my wife to call him back immediately, my wife called the RCMP official and left messages in his voice mail. Then the official contacted my brother-in-law again and had asked him to tell my wife not to call again, because there is nothing good nor anything bad.
Meanwhile the AUSA ( Astt United States Attorney) office Investigator and FBI brought me to their office to be interrogated without an attorney present, even AUSA told in the court to the judge on March 16, 2006 that he arranged attorney for me before my arrival from Allenwood PA to MDC Brooklyn, N.Y, on Transcript; page 11, Transcript line No: 14 to 23.
He (Khalid Awan) was writ in the cause of a grand jury investigation. He clearly had criminal exposure. So to protect his interest I made an application to the duty magistrate for counsel to be appointed.
Initially he was brought here by a Court to testify before the grand jury?
That is correct, Your Honour.
When he arrived here, you made arrangements for an attorney to be pointed to request him?
Yes, Your Honour.
This interrogation started with the AUSA office Investigator stating that my family will be arrested in Canada if I refused to answer their questions.
At this point I am certain that my family is in great danger for reasons that I am not aware of. I was scared that my family would be harassed by these people along with the Canadian RCMP official, I strongly believe that the RCMP is doing this intentionally in collaboration with FBI official to further harass me to admit charges, that I never committed.
Without knowledge of the reasons why the Canadian RCMP agency was involved. I was surprised that RCMP official directly approached my family instead of me without proper explanation, and its also shocked for me, that how RCMP got the phone number of my family (because before my arrest, I don't have any single record in any police dept, of any country).
I was intimated and pushed to the edge during this interrogation, I was determined to provide anything these USA officials wanted to make them happy even is the questions made no sense, because I want them to stop the harassment to my family.
On March 15, 2006 I completed the term of my imprisonment and was to be released from American Custody and deported back to Canada. Before that I was arrested again 3rd time, and charged with providing "material support to a foreign terrorist" and money laundering (to a organization and person, which are not designated by the USA govt and belongs to Sikh religion) , and with whom, I don't have any single common interest, because we both are from different countries and different religions.
These charges emerged while I was still in prison and without the capability of providing any type of support. It was even difficult for me to get enough financial assistance to pay legal fees. I could not have provided any material support while I was in prison for five years and I could not launder any money because I did not have any.
AUSA filed three counts of indictment against me.
Conspiracy to provide material support.
Provide a material support to the foreign terrorist.
Money laundering to support terrorism.
(Please note, that in my previous case govt charged me for money laundering and fraud from Jan 1999 to 2002 and "its mentioned in the plea-agreement by the AUSA that no further money laundering charges will be brought against defendant from Jan 1999 to April 2002" even then govt indict me for money laundering from 1998 to Nov 2001 (Which is double Jeopardy and violation of 5th Amendment of U.S Constitution.)
In Oct 2006, during pre-trial hearing on the motion's filed by my attorney the first two counts of my indictment were dismissed by the judge, stating that there is a lack of facts and figures.
After two weeks AUSA re-indicted me again. I believe this is a desperate act of the AUSA to cover up a huge embarrassment . Further this hastily drawn indictment was full of factual errors and creative legal theories.
Since I was first arrested by the American govt, I believe that I have been singled out, isolated `and discriminated against primarily because of my race and religion, in addition to the fact that I don't know any information that the American govt is trying to pressure out of me.
I do not understand the American laws and this is what led to my pleading guilty in the first case. I have difficulty understanding the new charges also.
I have been charged under, section 2339(a) of Title 18 of the United States code, which makes it illegal to provide material support to a foreign terrorist.
Please understand, I am not a terrorist, I do not know any terrorist and I have had no connections with or to any known or unknown terrorist. I have been incarcerated for last 5 years and I had no money to provide or launder.
The law enforcement have in America is pressuring me to provide information to them that I really do not have or know. I am a Canadian Citizen and nearly all of my family is in Canada, including my wife and kids. I don't know any information to tell them to help their investigation.
Because of this , I am being treated unfairly and my rights under the American constitution are being violated. I am being held here in further detention against my will for crimes which I could have never committed, because I was in prison.
I believe, that I am a victim of the discrimination that was outlined in the July 3, 2006 issue of Time magazine (Page 29, column 3). In this article section 2339(a) & (b) are discussed and criticized "as most suspects are charged under these two sections. However, the justice dept here in America admits that of the more than 218 guilty pleas that it has obtained, most are for minor investigation issues that are uncovered deeding the course of their terrorism investigation. This suggest, according to the article that the Attorney General's office have is not concerned about the rights or fairness or the manner in which it achieves convictions for the people they arrest. Furthermore, criticizes have noted that one of the patterns to emerge from these domestic prosecutions is that suspect seen too incompetent to carry out the deeds they are accused of. The Deputy Attorney General acknowledges that the Dept of Justice's goal is " preventions through prosecution's" and this is done with no regard for an individual's rights.
I agree that these guilty of terrorism should be prosecuted . But as the above mentioned article suggest , innocent people should not be targeted because of their race or religion.
I am not a terrorist and I should not be targeted and treated unfairly and unjustly.
I need your assistance desperately in my case, as I believe that I am being treated unjustly here. I would like to send you my attorney's contact information and provide you with legal documents related to my case, so that you may become more familiar with my situation.
Please also note, that I appeared in the court , for no guilty of my 2nd superseding indictment on Aug 02, 2006 and on Aug 03, 2006 FBOP officials placed me in the SHU (Segregation Housing Unit) out of these months, I placed in the SHU isolation from Jan 03, 2007 to March 6, 2007 for unknown "Pending Investigation" in these 215 days of my segregation and isolation, I don't have a single phone call access to my family, no legal calls to my attorney and Canadian Council, my legal mail opened in my absence, no medical treatment for my injured shoulder (even I went for hunger strike for 3 and half day) I harassed by the various jail officials and lot of other problems too which already been submitted in the attention of the FBOP higher authorities, but no action taken on them, after writing the court, instead of receiving the response or any action on my complaints, jail officials removed /moved me from MDC federal facility to Nassau County Jail .
My suffering has gone on for far too long, and I need your help to bring my suffering to an end. I want to return home to my family, because my imprisonment was injustice and will remain a great injustice forever.
May God bless you and be with you in your efforts to champion the cause of human rights, and the suffering of innocent prisoners and restore hope, faith and love to peoples all over the world.

FBOP NO. 50959-054

The court will be on 12 September 2007.

Posted by: Khalid Awan Canadian | July 31, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

They're both thugs as far as I'm concerned. They destroy the Constitution and pretty much ignore the advice of the people, Congress, and their own advisers. If the advisers don't agree with them, they just fire them or they just resign. Oh yes, if they. They don't want men and women of conscience, they want loyalty, robots. Besides, if their loyal cronies are imprisoned, Bushy-Babe can just pardoned them. I doubt that "The Decider" would have his oil buddies putting money into the social programs that the other thug does down south. Oh well, always wanted to know what it felt like to live in an Orwell novel.

Posted by: buddy2 | August 6, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Here's some colorful terms that he could use to describe George W. Bush.


Due to lack of more appropriate adjectives, who could challenge the above epithets used to describe "the devil" in WH?

Posted by: Herbert-Jean Awuor | August 8, 2007 4:42 AM | Report abuse

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