No matter what the problem, you can always count on Hugo Chavez to find a way to blame the "Yankee Empire."
Venezuela's president said he was thinking aloud when he suggested that the US might be plotting against Latin American leaders, after it was announced Tuesday night that Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
Kirchner has a good chance of recovery.
But she joins a long list of leaders in the region who have been diagnosed with cancer. Chavez, of course, made his struggle public, making announcements when he traveled back and forth to Cuba for treatment.
Fernando Lugo of Paraguay, Brazil's Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, have also all been diagnosed with cancer.
Which led Chavez to muse aloud whether the US might be plotting something nefarious.