Venezuelan Prez calls Bush administration a 'mafia'
President Hugo Chavez also compared the US President George W Bush to the infamous mobster Al Capone.india Updated: May 25, 2006 12:28 IST
President Hugo Chavez has compared US President George W Bush to the infamous mobster Al Capone and said Venezuela will buy Russian fighter jets because the US has blocked sales of replacement parts for its military planes.
Chavez on Wednesday took sharp issue with Bush's remarks this week about an "erosion of democracy" in Venezuela, and also criticised a US move to curtail arms sales after Washington said the South American nation was failing to cooperate in counter-terrorism efforts.
"The one that supports terrorism is the US government," Chavez said, calling Bush the "biggest tyrant in history" and saying Venezuela is becoming more democratic -- not less.
"It's a mafia that governs the United States, a true mafia that is threatening the world," Chavez said, adding that the long-dead Chicago crime boss "Al Capone is like a baby" compared to Bush.
Chavez said his military has been able to maintain its US-made Hercules transport planes only with great effort.
"We can't maintain them anymore. Why? Because the parts are American," he said. "Now what am I going to do? Buy some Antonovs from Russia - modern transport planes."
Chavez didn't say how many planes, but he has previously said Venezuela is considering buying Sukhoi Su-30 and Su-35 fighter jets to replace the country's aging fleet of US-made F-16s - for which the US had stopped selling him upgrades.