And regardless of whether you said the words "raging success" you still have consistently defended the country even as all of their "progress" has crumbled around them. Chavez had some brief success funding his agenda with an oil windfall and heavy debt. Strip that windfall away and all you are left with is a country with a broken currency and no industry to speak of. The people seem to grow more desperate by the day. When the current regime is thrown from power in the coming months, then will you finally come to understand how disastrous this "new socialism" has been? I'm betting not, because the leftist "intellectuals" that clearly have pawned your brain will twist and turn to come up with every excuse in the book why Venezuela didn't fail because of their own policies.
I just hope for your own sake that you see through their thinly veiled bull****.