Shut Up, Hugo!
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - The king of Spain told Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to "shut up" Saturday during a heated exchange that soured the end of a summit of leaders from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.And a Socialist dictator is more scaly and slitherly.
Chavez ... triggered the exchange by repeatedly referring to former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar as a "fascist."
Aznar, a conservative who was an ally of Bush as prime minister, "is a fascist," Chavez said in a speech at the Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile. "Fascists are not human. A snake is more human."
Spain's current socialist prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, responded during his own allotted time by urging Chavez to be more diplomatic in his words and respect other leaders despite political differences.Oh, just too good. And then ... and then ...
"Former President Aznar was democratically elected by the Spanish people and was a legitimate representative of the Spanish people," he said, eliciting applause from the gathered heads of state.
Chavez repeatedly tried to interrupt, but his microphone was off.
Spanish King Juan Carlos, seated next to Zapatero, angrily turned to Chavez and said, "Why don't you shut up?"
Chavez good buddy Daniel Ortega ceded his time to Yugo ... uh, Hugo ... who cozied up to the mike and said:
"Sssssss. Hsssssss."Hey, what's wrong with my cut and paste?
"I do not offend by telling the truth. The Venezuelan government reserves the right to respond to any aggression, anywhere, in any space and in any manner."Weapons of mouthing-off destruction. Intercontinental ballistic bombast. Gotta love Hugo, as long as you don't have the misfortune of living in Venezuela.