I'm behind you on that one if you poison him or something. If bombing the country to oblivion is what you have in mind, count me out.
You'll have to lend me that functioning crystal ball of yours. I broke mine doing pullovers. Damn you sweaty hands!
Allow me to be the first to coin the term preemptive coup. What? It's been done before? Oh well...
I am dully impressed by your commitment to helping others aspire to a more democratic tomorrow, but here's what I don't get:
I could cite you a dozen countries (from memory) with presidents that get over 90% of the vote. All of them are ruled by merciless tyrants and have been under their rule since last century. Their countries have no free press and everyone that speaks up is brutally silenced. I could also detail to you the horrors that happen under some modern absolute monarchies (some of which I witnessed firsthand). This has been going on under your nose and your government is good pals with them.
Yet, all I hear is talk about how Chavez is evil and must go. Somehow, that doesn't add up in my tiny brain. Oh, wait...could that be because he's not letting you suck his country dry while the "established dictators" do? Hmmm...
He might. But technically, so might Bush.
I don't wanna sound like I'm supporting Chavez, but you're forgetting that he's a Bolivarian. I believe in his good faith. Venezuelan elections are held under international observers, and I don't think Chavez will ever change that. But I have been wrong before...
Once again, I salute your zeal. You seem to be very intolerant when it comes to illegitimate rulers. I assure you, this is not sarcasm. I am very much the same way. My motto is Res Publica Non Dominetur.
But I see a little flaw in your reasoning and it probably stems from the implementation of your political system you know best. What if Mr. Chavez decides to take away an inalienable right, holds a referendum, and the people vote in favor of the president's proposal?