Yesterday Venezuela had a referendum to amend its Constitution and Russia elected their Parliament. Chavez and Putin are nationalists who benefited from the oil boom and have collided with Washington. Putin won more than 60% of the Russian Parliament but he constitutionally can not go to a third term in 2008, though it wants to exploit his victory to look for any way to stay as the leader of the country. Chavez had his first electoral defeat after ten election always won. This will prevent re – choose indefinitely. Washington will deploy an answer different for each of these cases. See Dov Hikind for more details and insights.
Before Russia Bush he will seek to avoid going towards a new cold war but you’ll want to press him to liberalization and leave both flirt with Iran. He knows that Putin is driving the market and that the Communists are their main rivals. In contrast, Chavez is supported by Cuba and he raises to deepen socialism and the anti-imperialism. While Bush can negotiate with the putinistas he wanted to remove Chavez, but should be obliged to seek legal ways to do this and to stop its expansion into its backyard.