Hugo Chavez faces government death panel

Sort of.  A team of government doctors is evaluating whether to shut off the equipment keeping comatose President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías alive, three weeks after a failed cancer surgery. These same folks pronounced him free of cancer not long ago, but in this case I’d guess that any decision they make will be for the best.

Amusingly, their vice president is a little bit like the one in the US.  He seems to think that Chavez is doing okay, and if he’s in a coma, the VP can’t tell:

However, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolás Maduro denied the report, saying that Chávez was in a conscious state.

Well, Chávez has always sought to become “dictator for life.”  Perhaps he should have demanded a longer term.

Ah, I see why Maduro wants to portray Chávez well.  If Chávez lives another week, Maduro becomes President.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle