theflatline: capt.hollister: I don't get all the Chavez hate. Sure, he's a socialist megalomaniac who hates the West in general and the US in particular, but he's hardly one of history's bad guys.I see you have never been to Venezuela. I was in Caracas in 2000, and in 2011, and it was even a bigger shiathole a decade later.The country has to buy 70 percent of it's food from Colombia because they are not producing their own.He also spent a ton of money buying old munitions from the Russians and threatened to roll into Colombia like a boss, when he realized that not only does Colombia have a standing army that is well feed, extremely patriotic, but have been combat hardened over the last 50 years with fighting farc. Plus the US is an ally and would step in.He is a third world despot at it's finest.
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