I've followed Venezuela politics closely for over ten years, and have visited the country multiple times. Other than a few pockets, the country is a lawless pile of garbage. Chavez lives like a king, he has a huge estate called Falcon Crest, which is likely where he takes visitors like Sean Penn and Danny Glover. The treasury is his personal checkbook, and his is constantly working to muzzle all criticism by any means necessary. Sound like anyone you know?
The similarities between the U.S. and Venezuela over the past five months are real and frightening.