Pat Robertson, 2005 News
evangelist, sparked international outrage in August when he suggested that the United States should assassinate Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. “If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it,” Robertson said on his television show, The 700 Club. “It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. And I don't think any oil shipments will stop.” Venezuela has the largest oil reserves of any country excluding the Middle East. Robertson later retracted the statement.