Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan Defense Ministry Pledges Army Support for Hugo Chavez Successor in Next Month's Special Election

Chavez was just re-elected last year and had not been publicly inaugurated due to illness

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Hugo Chavez has been praised by Congressman Jose Serrano, former Congressman Joe Kennedy, various European leaders, and others. Amazingly, while eulogizing the Venezuelan strongman in The Nation, Greg Grandin, who apparently teaches history at NYU and is a member of the Academy of Arts & Sciences, lamented that Chavez wasn't enough of one:

Chávez was a strongman. He packed the courts, hounded the corporate media, legislated by decree and pretty much did away with any effective system of institutional checks or balances. But I'll be perverse and argue that the biggest problem Venezuela faced during his rule was not that Chávez was authoritarian but that he wasn't authoritarian enough. It wasn't too much control that was the problem but too little.

Intent, perhaps, on fortifying Chavez's strongman legacy, the Ministry of Defense announced the army would be backing Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro. Via the AP:

In a late night tweet, Venezuelan state-television said Defense Minister Adm. Diego Molero had pledged military support for Maduro's candidacy against likely opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, despite a constitutional mandate that the armed forces play a non-political role.

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  1. Venezuelan defense ministry pledges army support for Hugo Chavez Successor

    Well, duh, you can’t exactly run a good thugocracy without jackbooted goons.

  2. http://www.lewrockwell.com/blo…..33329.html

    Hugo Ch?vez may have been oppressive, but at least he wasn’t a lapdog for Washington like so many other heads of state. The world would be a much more free and decentralized place with more anti-imperialist “rogue” nations.

    1. Riiiiiiight….

    2. Ok Gladstone, we get it, they’re being nuts. Stop posting this in every thread.

      1. At least he’s not posting and posting about the Golden Girls turning American boys gay. That just got old.

        1. True.

  3. , Greg Grandin, who apparently teaches history at NYU and is a member of the Academy of Arts & Sciences, lamented that Chavez wasn’t enough of one:

    So, why isn’t this withered cunt teaching in Caracas?

    Funny how these toe sucking, useful idiots always praise the murderous thugs from the safety and warmth of their NYC brownstone.

    1. You couldn’t get most of these cunts to go visit a poor Native American reservation in New Mexico, let alone one of the poor shitholes created by their ideology.

      1. Technically Native American reservations are “poor shitholes created by their ideology.” Think about it: “free” education, healthcare, housing, and all your basic needs met. Did I mention for “free”? If their ideology actually worked then reservations would be heaven on earth utopias surrounded by a sea of misery and suffering at the hands of greedy capitalist corporate fatcats.

        1. Yeah….but…but-RACISM!!

    2. It’s much easier to care for the poor from up in your Ivory tower. That way, you don’t get your $800 designer shoes dirty.

  4. The transition will show how much damage Hugo inflicted on a once democratic system.

    1. How do you figure that? A transition from one thug to replacement thug? Who’s going to be shining the light onto this damage?

    2. Venezuela was democratic?

      1. Yes, it was, once upon a time.

        Venezuela had a Freedom House Political Rights ranking of 1 (out of 7, lower numbers being more democratic) from 1976 to 1991, of 3 from 1992-1995, 2 1996-1998, 4 in 1999, 3 2000-2005, 4 2006-2009, and 5 2010-present.

        Note 1999 is the year Chavez took power.

  5. Why write this article if you don’t believe in intervention? I mean who the fuck cares about what the Venezuelan military does in Venezuela. Oh no they support the Chavista VP. You going to do something about Ed Krayewski?

    1. Fuck off, troll.

      1. How many Reason staffers are going to get their own personal trolls? First Gillespie gets post-stalked by SIV, and now Lyle feels the need to write inanities whenever Krayewski posts.

        1. Why is Krayewski complaining about the Venezuelan military if he’s not going to do anything about it as an anti-interventionist?

      2. Hey, you’re the one trolling. 😉

  6. I don’t even remotely understand the less-developed country, given a free election, where the parties aren’t competing to convince the voters that their economic policies will be more like Taiwan’s were than the other guy’s.

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