October 8th, 2012
11:04 AM ET

Five colorful quotes from Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez has won re-election to a new six- year term as president of Venezuela, according to results released late Sunday.

That means we can expect more colorful quotes such as these from the man who has been Venezuela's president since 1999.

In 2006, appearing at the U.N. General Assembly after President George W. Bush spoke there a day earlier, he had this to say:

"The devil came here yesterday, and it smells of sulfur still today."

According to a CNN report, Chavez said, "As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world. An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: 'The Devil's Recipe.' "

That wasn't his first time equating things and people American with mythical evil beings. In 2005, he criticized the U.S. tradition of Halloween for "putting fear into other nations, putting fear into their own people."

"Families go and begin to disguise their children as witches. This is contrary to our way," he said, according to a BBC report.

In 2011, he suggested the influence of capitalism extended well beyond Earth.

"I have always said, have heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but perhaps capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived, and finished that planet," he said on state TV, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Chavez has also had doubts about U.S. foreign policy intentions, including after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

"I read that 3,000 soldiers are arriving, Marines armed as if they were going to war. There is not a shortage of guns there, my God. Doctors, medicine, fuel, field hospitals, that's what the United States should send," Chavez said on his weekly television show, according to a Reuters report. "They are occupying Haiti undercover.

"On top of that, you don't see them in the streets. Are they picking up bodies? ... Are they looking for the injured? You don't see them. I haven't seen them. Where are they?"

And late last year, he said the United States could be using cancer as a weapon against him and other South American leaders who have been stricken with it.

"It's very difficult to explain, even with the law of probabilities, what has been happening to some of us in Latin America," he said in a speech to the military, according to a Bloomberg News report. "Would it be so strange that they've invented technology to spread cancer and we won't know about it for 50 years?"

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  1. Xenu

    His most famoue quote: Obama is going to bring hope and change. Obama, Che', and Castro, for king.

    October 8, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Marcus

    Sorry –

    October 8, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Like the M.East , our influence and clout in Latin America is on the decline. We have been alienating people in regions vital to us strategically and economically.
    Time for those in the corridors of power to get their act together. Our militarism and penchant for meddling without thinking things out or foresight has been harming American interests globally. The past eleven years have not been good and we need to learn from our mistakes.
    BTW our longest running war has entered its 12th year.

    October 8, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    'And late last year, he said the United States could be using cancer as a weapon against him and other South American leaders who have been stricken with it.'

    Yeah, that's it, Chavez; curses, foiled again!
    He has figured it out...lol...

    October 8, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Doug

    Obama dedicated a monument to Caesar Chavez today. Isnt he Hugo's dad or uncle?

    October 8, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Ignorance at its finest.

      October 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Blindsided by Obamacare

    Obamacare will require US empoyers to do the right thing by 2014: Employ taxpaying citizens and offer them health inurance, and also workers comp and unemployment insurance.
    currently, millions of US businesses employ illegal workers so the employer doesn't have to pay FICA, State workers compensation insurance, unemployment insurance, or offer health insurance to attract taxpayers as workers.
    All of this illegal activity will stop in 2014. Millions of josbs w/health insurance will become available for unemployed taxpayers.
    Men calling themselves 'Republicans' would rather have cheap labor and so fight obamacare.

    October 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Blindsided by Obamacare

    How ironic. The very "Latinos" who will vote for President Obama are voting for immigration reform via Obamacare.

    October 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. @saywhat

    Hugo Chavez (seems banasy has him confused with Cesar) payed-off debts owed by his South American neighbors to the IMF. (international monetary fund) and is why what you call "our influence and clout" in S. America has been lessened.
    You really need to Youtube "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" and listen to what fmr. NSA/CIA agents have to say about S. America.
    And make no mistake: Venezuela is currently arming herself to defend from being invaded after Iran.

    October 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Banasy does not have him confused with anyone, Philip, and I was quoting the article, and the extremely silly notion that the US is somehow targeting him and other Latino leaders with cancer.
      I do not see how one can possibly misinterpret what I said in such a way.
      Another prevenge strike, already?
      Really, Philip, what have I done today to displease you?

      October 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Famous

    Another famous Chavez quote: Vote for Obama 2012. Bring the workers paradise to amerika.

    October 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CITGO, all profits fund Venezuelas defense

    When you fill-up at CITGO, venezuela's national oil company, you finance a good thing: a democratic people prepareing to defend themselves from invaders.
    The Russian AK Arms corporation was on the verge of bancruptcy until Hugo Chavez' prepaid order for 300 killion dollars worth of AN-94 and 103Bs was paid.
    Kalashnikov Arms also built Venezuela their very own arms manufacturing facility in Venezuela so that US warships could no-longer sieze weapons that needed transported.
    Venezuela will not roll-over for American christians like Iraq did. Any invasion of Venezuela will be soundly rejected. And you can't "nuke em". You still need their oil.

    October 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CITGO, all profits fund Venezuelas defense

    Venezuela's mountains are 3 times bigger than ours. Pikes Peak, for example, is only 8000 feet tall. Venezuela has ranges of mountains that are nearly 20,000 feet tall! The flat terrain of Iraq made bombing Iraqis while not bombing oil infrastructures easy. It will not be so easy to bomb Venezuelans w/o also bombing oil infrastructures 20 million US citizens depend on for oil. (while we used to purchase 1/3 of our crude from Venezuela, today it is about 12% that we depend on them for oil)

    October 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CITGO, all profits fund Venezuelas defense

    The exploits of the US CIA, the UK's MI-6, and the Israeli Mossad are things that the general public become aware of from time to time.
    But just as Venezuela invests billions of dollars in training and arming their regular army to be vastly superior, so-too Does Venezuela for their own secret services, whom are NEVER seen.
    Iran will roll-over for the christians that wish to invade and occupy. Those same christians will back-down from the christians in Venezuela. CIA agents trying to operate inside of Venezuela/S. America for the past 10 years will be called home to help clean-up America, who will still buy gas at CITGO.

    October 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CITGO, all profits fund Venezuelas defense

    There is no-need for nation building in Venezuela. Before Venezuela's oilfields were nationalized, profits went to US oil corporations, all owned or backed by US politicans.
    Hugo Chavez nationalized CITGO, and those profits have in fact been used to build-up Venezuelas infrastructures and strngthen Venezuelas military, as all sovreign nations have the right to do.
    VENEZUELA is democratic, and is christian. You have no qualms with them. Your qualms are among yourselves who terrorize each other daily. Who consume MASSIVE anounts of drugs, daily.
    Clean-up yourselves. Venezuela does not need your christian generosity.

    October 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Personnally i LOVED his quote about GWBush! And part of his quote about cancer may just be true! No one knows how it originated, nor from where, and as he said it most likely will be another 50 years b4 we do.

    October 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    you have a knack of hitting the nail on the head and do your research when posting. Other bloggers may not like what you bring to the blog but that is because its bitter.
    And oh @Philip. what @banasy has to say is pretty clear. She has Hugo in sight and expresses her opinion about "US spreading cancer" notion.

    October 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
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