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Ma­rine Corps. Gen. James N. Mat­tis, com­man­der of the U.S. Cen­tral Com­mand, made some dis­parag­ing com­ments last week about Venezue­lan dic­ta­tor Hugo Chavez.

Asked dur­ing a hear­ing of the Se­nate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee about Iran’s grow­ing in­ter­na­tional iso­la­tion and whether it has any strate­gic al­lies, Gen. Mat­tis said:

“There are some that have blocked, for their own rea­sons, res­o­lu­tions in the United Na­tions, re­gret­tably. But I don’t see them hav­ing al­lies. I don’t count that lit­tle fel­low down in Venezuela as a very sig­nif­i­cant ally.”

Mr. Chavez pub­licly joked about hav­ing a “big atomic bomb” dur­ing a meet­ing in Venezuela in Jan­uary with Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ah­madine­jad.

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