'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Monday, November 29, 2004

"Aye Carumba! -- The dastardly yanks demand metal detectors. Foiled again!" 

WorldNetDaily, which, by the way, is not a conservative news source, reports that according to rightwing nutjob, Jack Wheeler, the reason for our dear leader's recent hissy fit in Chile was because of an assassination plot planned by Ricardo Lagos in cahoots with, you guessed it, Hugo Chavez: (from here)

"Far worse than this was Chilean President Lagos' refusal to have guests at a State Dinner go through a metal detector. No one attends a function with the POTUS, either here in the U.S. or anywhere in the world, without going through a metal detector, and this was agreed to way beforehand in Santiago. At the last moment, Lagos refuses – then cancels the dinner when the Secret Service won’t budge."

"Ricardo Lagos is a left-wing anti-American socialist whose hero is Salvador Allende, who almost turned Chile over to the Soviets, and a great friend of Hugo Chavez," Wheeler writes. "Was there a plan to slip a firearm into this dinner in Santiago and assassinate GW? No one in Washington is sure – but there is a very frightened and angry buzz of worry that there might have been."

Because, lord knows, if the president of Chile and the portion of his staff responsible for security were involved in a plot to assassinate Bush, there would have been no easier way to go about it than sneaking a gun through the front door of a state dinner.

For what it's worth, here's the real story.

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