Sure, it’s serious business when a head of state kicks out the American ambassador. But you can’t read this about Hugo Chavez’s latest tirade without laughing out loud. From the Associated Press:
“They’re trying to do here what they were doing in Bolivia,” Chavez said, accusing Washington of trying to oust him.
“That’s enough … from you, Yankees,” Chavez said, using an expletive. Waving his fists in the air, he added: “I hold the government of the United States responsible for being behind all the conspiracies against our nations!”
Holding up a watch to check the time, Chavez declared: “From this moment, the Yankee ambassador in Caracas has 72 hours to leave Venezuela!” He told his foreign minister to recall Venezuela’s ambassador to Washington, Bernardo Alvarez, “before they kick him out of there.”
The U.S. Embassy said it was aware of Chavez’s speech but had not received official notification. Embassy spokeswoman Robin Holzhauer said Ambassador Patrick Duddy is traveling in the United States this week.
If you’re not laughing at Happy Hugo’s “72 hours to leave Venezuela!” ultimatum to our Ambassador to Venezuela, read that last sentence again.