The leader of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is currently on a South American tour and getting a lot of support from the socialist/communist Central American leaders there. Not really a surprise. His choice of destinations (Cuba, Venezuela) are well know adversaries of the United States, making him very welcome.

There was one interesting comment during the visits from that infamous Anti-American leader of Venezuela, Hugh Chavez. Remember him? He was the one constantly threatening an oil embargo against the US. He was also the man who stood at the speaker’s podium in the General Assembly of the United Nations, after then U.S. President George W. Bush finished his speech, declaring that the assembly had just finished hearing from the “great satan” himself (referring to Bush, of course). It was extraordinarily overdramatic, indeed.

This week, the same Chavez said the following (quoted from MSNBC here)..

Chavez even joked how Ahmadinejad’s tour was making America nervous: “When we devils get together … it’s like they go crazy,” Chavez said.

So there you have it.  Obviously, Chavez has a double-standard like anyone totally consumed with power and fame, and lines up with typical US-bashers who will say anything to whip up anti-American emotions. So much for his argument of George W Bush being the great satan.

Thanks, Chavez.  It’s about time you started speaking the truth.