Chavez proposes eliminating limits on presidential re-election Venezuela's Chavez calls for end to term limits | Reuters Watching Venezuela and its slow decline into authoritarianism has been a little bit of hobby of mine for a while now. Expropriating foreign industries, nationalizing others, putting the stamp on opposition parties and critical media groups and creating a large, armed militia loyal to him, Chavez has taken a large step in his quest for absolute power. Given the fact the past few elections in Venezuela have been heavily criticized by outside observers as anything but honest, Chavez seeks to seriously consolidate power and give himself a "popularly-supported" reign over the oil-rich nation. What do you think this will mean in terms of US-Venezuelan relations and more importantly, for the region?
Haha, yep. If you didn't see this coming, you don't read the news.
OctovonWhat do you think this will mean in terms of US-Venezuelan relations and more importantly, for the region?
I think the US-Venezuelan relations will turn even colder and the USA will take tougher rhetorics in use. However due to the USA being stuck in Iraq, US presidential elections coming ahead fast and Bush without much support, I don't think that we will see any large special or military operations in the region.
That being said, I think the socialist Latin American governments will just get new steam for their own nationalization plans without that much of a fear of the USA which might cut some development aid to these countries withdraw from some political and/or economical agreements as a response.
So this is how Democracy dies, not with a whimper in the night but to the cheering of millions.
Anlushac11So this is how Democracy dies, not with a whimper in the night but to the cheering of millions.
This reminds me of a corporal from Austria back in 1930's...
I didn't make it!
Relander;3862047This reminds me of a corporal from Austria back in 1930's...
Actually it reminds me of Star Wars Episode III. =p
But yeah this isn't a good sign. Chavez is probaly one of the more dangerous men on the planet because of the simple fact he isn't bat shit insane like Kim Jong-Il, he really knows what he is doing and seems very intelligent. Add to that the fact he controls a huge oil supply and you can see trouble brewing between the U.S. and him, as it has been for awhile. Hopefully nothing will actually come of it besides more rhetoric, but you never know.
Afterburner is right, there is a quote similar to mine in SW3.
And yes I absolutely was thinking this is playing alot like Hitler's rise to power.
AfterburnerActually it reminds me of Star Wars Episode III. =p
Excellent movie, the SW III came into my mind too but it isn't from a real world, correct? ;)
Chavez is probaly one of the more dangerous men on the planet because of the simple fact he isn't bat shit insane like Kim Jong-Il, he really knows what he is doing and seems very intelligent.
I can't see how Chavez makes it to top 10 of most dangerous men in Earth, he's some kind of a threat only for his own people but not for Venezuela's neighbours, rest of Latin American countries and especially not for the USA. Chavez is a problem for US oil interests & possibly for some other economic interests in Latin America but that's much about it.
Whelp, glad ive been boning up on my Spanish. Wonder how the PMC gigs will be looking here in 5 more years in terms of south american shenaniganery.
South America is worried about Chavez because he is setting himself up to be a dictator in a Socialist state.
That in itself is not a problem
The problem comes from Arms deals he is setting up IIRC he just bought 1 million Russian AK rifles, is buying Russian MiG-29's, is in a arms deal to buy Iranian made weapons, some of which are copies of Chinese and Russian gear like ATGM's and such.
IIRC he also recently was in negotiations to buy some Russian Attack helicopters but they may have been Mil-24 Hind's.
With the countries oil wealth he also has the financial resources to build a sizeable well equipped military.