Chavez is clamoring for international relevance. I don't think he rates it.
Chavez—a close ally of Cuban leader Fidel Castro—told soldiers the Washington was trying to weaken and divide Venezuelan society, including the armed forces, without resorting to combat.The guy is a dictator, a nut job whacko that would subjugate America in a heartbeat if he thought he could get away from it.
"It's not just armed warfare," said Chavez, a former army officer who is leading what he calls the "Bolivarian Revolution," a socialist movement named after 19th-century independence hero Simon Bolivar. "I'm also referring to psychological warfare, media warfare, political warfare, economic warfare."
Under Chavez, Venezuela has recently purchased some $3 billion worth of arms from Russia, including 53 military helicopters, 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles, 24 SU-30 Sukhoi fighter jets.
As for the "arms buildup"...fancy weapons and boots on the ground does not a successful army make. I'm not encouraging any sort of military action because I don't think Venezuela rates it, but if it really came to that it wouldn't be much of a fight. I'm thinking Mr T vs John Edwards.