I wasn't going to comment on the story; however, the quote caught my eye.
"Venezuela's Chavez welcomes Russian warships; Show of strength seeks to counter influence of US" by Christopher Toothaker, Associated Press | November 26, 2008
LA GUAIRA, Venezuela - .... US officials mocked the show of force. "Are they accompanied by tugboats this time?" US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack joked to reporters in Washington. --more--"
Yeah, the ARROGANT CHUTZPAH a seminal quality of an EMPIRE about to FALL because of its OWN HUBRIS!!!
Ummm, how we doing against that band of "rebels" in Afghanistan, you puke-f***?
How did our war-provoking agents do in Georgia this summer?