"The best way to avoid war is preparing for it," Chavez told military officers during his weekly television and radio program. Venezuela's socialist leader has also cited a recent deal between Bogota and Washington giving U.S. troops greater access to military bases as a threat to regional stability.
I don't have any intrinsic problem with Venezuela demonstrating defensive military readiness. It's in an unstable region; it needs to self-help. But we shouldn't be that surprised that a former coup-leading army paratrooper is actually every bit as belligerent, bombastic, and militaristic as the "empire" (the United States) he is perpetually accusing of trying to spark global warfare.