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"Chavez is a dangerous guy," retired Col. David Hunt told Bill Bennett's "Morning in America" fill-in host Steve Malzberg on Wednesday.
"We helped to elect the son of a gun [and] after 9/11 you don't get to threaten us."
The issue of assassination "should be on the table," Hunt said. "I'm suggesting that we use it as a tool . . . to get those guys nervous."
I know this also happened with Slobodan Milosevic, who was elected thanks to the US NED. There are also reports that the CIA helped Saddam get into power.
Originally posted by Seekerof
The Slobadan Milosevic, I am uncertain of, but I think that must also be kept and understood within the historical time period/context.
NED officials stated that they sometimes find themselves “close to the line” in terms of supporting one candidate over another. They mentioned, for example, Yugoslavia (“How could we support Milosevic?”) and Belarus, where, just prior to the grant, the head of the grantee organization resigned to become the director for a year of the campaign office of the united opposition candidate. In non-electoral situations, such as assisting Venezuelan democratic institutions, NED tries to support programs that further a broad democratic purpose rather than a more narrow, partisan one. NED is currently developing broader guidelines for avoiding the appearance of partisanship.