guardian what a catastrophe for the bush administration. just when everything else is falling apart, putin and chavez (especially) do and say provocative things. it really is quite stupid of the bush administration to write off and punish venezuela for ideological reasons. meanwhile, putin sees the (huge) economic benefit to being allies. in 20 years, when we (americans) ask ourselves how we lost our superpower status, we should be looking back at our relations with venezuela (among many other examples) and how we concentrated our energies on All The Wrong Things.