Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Gore Vidal: Bush Could End Like Nixon

Havana, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Famous US writer Gore Vidal warned Tuesday that President George W. Bush could end as did Richard Nixon, with an obligatory resignation.

Vidal, 81, is visiting Cuba at the head of a large delegation of US intellectuals, historians and politicians.

"We hope he will end up like Nixon, resigning the presidency," the author said in an exchange with professors and students at the University of Havana, adding "it s not impossible."

Comparing the present US leader with Richard Nixon (1969-1974), who was forced to leave the White House due to the Watergate scandal, Vidal said, "When a building begins to fall to pieces it is very difficult to stop its collapse."

The author of 24 novels, considered the most elegant writer of his generation in the United States, has also been called the most lucid intellectual in his country.

"Everyone who listens to this president in the United States knows he is a liar,"Vidal affirmed, saying "it is frightening to have to constantly listen to a man repeating and repeating I m a president in a time of war. "

"Of all human vices, the worst is to lie," noting that at the beginning of the 20th Century it was possible to get rid of a crazy president through a referendum.

"When the people do not understand what the emperor is saying, what the government is saying, there is no communication," declared the writer who has always been interested in how his country functions.

"It give me pleasure to be in a place full of hope," he told the Cuban audience and said that in the United States "the people do not have the basic understanding of what they have lost there has been a coup and the Republic has died."

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