Simon Bolivar represented more than Venezuela. And Venezuela is not one of the richest. The people are still poor as hell. And Venezuela does not have the biggest army, nor does it have the "best" one. Latest stats Highest GPD per capita: Chile http://www.latinbusinesschronicle.com/app/listado3.aspx Unemployment as of 2007 Lowest Chile at 6% http://www.foreigninvestment.cl/pdf/Investment_review_february2007.pdf Chile has less than half the population living under poverty than Venezuela. Only 2-3% away from the U.S.