State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland represents America's imperium. Arrogantly she said:
"Regardless of what happens politically in Venezuela, if the Venezuelan government and if the Venezuelan people want to move forward with us, we think there is a path that's possible."
"It is just going to take two to tango."
On January 8, the Chicago Tribune headlined "Venezuela after Chavez," saying:He's "almost certainly a no-show for Thursday's constitutionally scheduled inauguration."
Opposition leaders want "proof he's alive. Good luck getting answers out of the despots who run Venezuela - or Cuba."
The entire Tribune diatribe targeted Chavez mercilessly. Propaganda substituted for truth. He wants to be "president for life," he said. He may not outlive "the frail but lingering Castro."
Whoever governs Venezuela when he's gone "will preside over the mess" he made. He used the "national treasury like his personal ATM."
"He spent billions in oil (propping) up Cuba." He "stockpile(s) Russian arms. He "buys friends in North Korea, Iran and China."