Venezuela’s ‘imprudent man’
by The Anniston Star Editorial Board
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During more than 14 years in office, Chavez routinely challenged the status quo at home and internationally. He polarized Venezuelans with his confrontational and domineering style, yet was also a masterful communicator and strategist who tapped into Venezuelan nationalism to win broad support, particularly among the poor. Photo: Fernando Llano/Associated Press/file
During more than 14 years in office, Chavez routinely challenged the status quo at home and internationally. He polarized Venezuelans with his confrontational and domineering style, yet was also a masterful communicator and strategist who tapped into Venezuelan nationalism to win broad support, particularly among the poor. Photo: Fernando Llano/Associated Press/file
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History will list Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as one of countless world leaders plagued by narcissistic political standards and the inability to see the value of true, humane leadership. His death Tuesday from cancer won’t change that.

In short, Chavez was a complicated, larger-than-life man. A 2001 profile in the New Yorker described him as “a hyperkinetic and imprudent man, unpunctual, someone who overreacts to criticism, harbors grudges, is politically astute and manipulative, and possesses tremendous stamina, never sleeping more than two or three hours a night.”

Likewise, Chavez was a constant pain for the United States, which bought vigorously from his nation’s oil reserves and grimaced from his seemingly constant verbal attacks on American-style democracy. Suffice it to say that his death, while unfortunate from a human standpoint, will not bring mourning from the U.S. State Department or the White House. That’s what happens when world leaders openly cavort with men such as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Libya’s Col. Muammar Qaddafi.

Because of Venezuela’s vast energy resources and that nation’s Chavez-caused influence in Central America, the United States and its allies should watch warily from afar as Venezuelans select their next president. The best choice for Venezuela and the world would be for someone much less like the egotistical Chavez and more like a leader whose main focus is improving the lives of those under his political control.
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