FILE - In this May 11, 2010 file photo, retired Venezuelan army general Antonio Rivero speaks during an interview in Caracas, Venezuela. With President Hugo Chavez now knocked low by a

 

              FILE - In this May 11, 2010 file photo, retired Venezuelan army general Antonio Rivero speaks during an interview in Caracas, Venezuela. With President Hugo Chavez now knocked low by a
FILE - In this May 11, 2010 file photo, retired Venezuelan army general Antonio Rivero speaks during an interview in Caracas, Venezuela. With President Hugo Chavez now knocked low by a stubborn cancer and the future of his government in question, the armed forces may not be so prepared to hold the country together this time. A former military officer and several experts said the president's five-week absence has created a gaping hole at the top of the chain of command. Rivero a former brigadier general who retired early in protest, was one of the first to sound the alarm about the leadership gap and has reportedly suffered intimidation from state intelligence agents as a result. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)