BY R. EVAN ELLIS
Behind the public controversy in Venezuela over the constitutionality of the delay of President Chavez’s inauguration for a third term as President, contrary to conventional wisdom, the balance of power between the key actors involved is moving the country toward an outcome that is surprisingly predictable, and ironically centrist.
First, may God bless his soul, President Chavez will soon die. All of the reliable rumors suggest that the cancer that has devastated his respiratory system has spread throughout his body, and now is little by little destroying his other vital organs. The machines that currently maintain his respiration cannot continue to keep him alive for more than a few weeks—or perhaps months—longer. When he dies–albeit in controlled conditions in a hospital in Cuba—the world will find out within a few hours. In the age of twitter, it is not possible to replicate the achievement of Leonid Brezhnev, ex-president ... Read More