MATTIS ON CHAVEZ
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.