Russia's Putin Arming Venezuela's Chavez ...
How's this for a pair of presidential pals' perfect photo-op pose?
Tut, tut. Talk about timing. And talk about (tremendous), unadulterated temerity too.
President Putin has chosen to play host to President Chavez - for some more arms sales' (face to face), wheeling & dealing sessions -- just three short days before flying to America to meet (and to talk to), an increasingly isolated President Bush.
Here's a snip from a story published today by English Al-Jazeera.
Obviously, it's already crystal clear to the canny Chavez what wonder-boy in the White House - along with his arse-kissing crew of yes-men - still haven't sussed out for themselves.
Last July, Chavez spent billions of dollars on Russian helicopters, arms and fighter jets. This time he is thought to be shopping for submarines.
"So I came to Moscow to talk to Vladimir and after four months we had Sukhoi planes flying over Caracas. And now we have our first fleet of aircraft.
"This is what we call solidarity; this is what we call independence."
Russian newspaper Kommersant reported this month that Chavez was expected to sign an initial contract that would include five Project 636 Kilo-class diesel submarines, and possibly four other submarines later ...
Which is, that those making the least friends invariably finish up finding themselves facing the most foes.
See some more of this story.