Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Pat Robertson Award Nominee

On his CNBC show today, Larry Kudlow called Venezuela "a menace to this country." Apparently making a thinly-veiled call for covert action against Hugo Chavez, he added: "The CIA, now that we need them, where are they?" Indeed, Kudlow seems to feel a kinship with Pat Robertson on this; here's a post from last summer in which he defended Robertson's outburst about Chavez as "basically right."

The desire of Iran and other nations to own the ultimate deterrent gets more understandable all the time, doesn't it?

CNBC is owned by General Electric, a public company. Will CNBC/GE hold Kudlow accountable for his comments?


Anonymous lilybart said...

They don't care that Chavez may be squashing dissent or anything like that since the usual right-wing dictator they would prefer would be much worse for the people's civil rights, as history shows.

They only care that lefties are taking over South and Central America, and that is due is great part to our history of meddling.

If we would act like the good guys we insist we are, we could change the world by force of being right, but if we continue to torture and render and ignore international treaties, we have no influence, except that people want the opposite of whatever we prefer, just because they are sick of us.

4/25/2006 6:13 PM  
Blogger DED said...

I have never been a fan of Kudlow. While I can handle his calls for fiscal conservatism, he's been so bullish on Bush's policies I had to wonder if I had Fox News on (It's been several months since I've seen an episode of his show).

I recall one time, when he was still teamed with Cramer, that he stated that he didn't feel monopolies were all that bad so long as they continued to innovate. The remark was made in reference to Microsoft, the nastiest monopoly since Standard Oil. How much innovation has been stifled by them is anyone's guess, but if the widespread growth of Linux is any indication.....

Sadly, Barry Ritholtz admires the guy.

I don't see CNBC/GE holding him accountable for his comments. It's not like he's a "man of God" as Robertson is supposed to be. He's just another right wing pundit who rattles sabres because he's insulated from the consequences of those actions.

4/25/2006 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Venezuela is a threat to us????


4/26/2006 8:25 AM  
Anonymous kilfarsnar said...

Yes, it seems that any country that doesn't want to let our oil companies drill for their oil is a threat to us. More and more it seems we go after countries or other entities that get in the way of Americans making money. Can you think of any other type of organization that responds with threats and force in business dealings?

4/26/2006 11:21 AM  
Anonymous John Thullen said...

I saw that show.

I, too, asked myself "where is the CIA when we need them?" when considering Kudlow's future.

The most stringent bits of the Patriot Act must be kept in place to deal with internal menaces like Kudlow -- after 2008 of course.

Maybe someday Cramer's head will explode and the resulting bits of shrapnel will penetrate the walls of their adjoining studios at CNBC and cut Kudlow off in mid-horseshit.

Then if Chavez died of a coronary, we'd have three reasons to believe the world is a slightly better place.

4/26/2006 12:11 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Hmmm. Kudlow goes off the deep end again. Chavez gets upset. Iran steps closer to nukes. Gas prices rise. GE's financial business suffers.

I wish it were that simple and that apparent.

4/26/2006 1:36 PM  
Anonymous nil said...

To quote conservative Paul Craig Roberts:
A country that fears small, distant countries to such an extent that it utilizes military in place of diplomatic means is not a superpower.

I mean, really. What kind of paranoid, bed-wetting American considers Venezuela a genuine menace?

4/27/2006 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"it seems we go after countries or other entities that get in the way of Americans making money"

Read, "Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq", by Stephen Kinzer.

"leaders of that company come to the political leadership of the United States to complain about the regime in that country. In the political process, in the White House, the motivation morphs a little bit. The U.S. government does not intervene directly to defend the rights of a company, but they transform the motivation from an economic one into a political or geo-strategic one. They make the assumption that any regime that would bother an American company or harass an American company must be anti-American, repressive, dictatorial, and probably the tool of some foreign power or interest that wants to undermine the United States. "

4/28/2006 5:17 PM  
Anonymous KevinNYC said...

I was flipping around the radio dial the other day and came across Kudlow's show.

Apparently, the Bush Era is characterized by unprecedented economic prosperity unrivaled in American history.

5/02/2006 6:00 PM  
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