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Another Day, Another Challenge

Before the election, the future Vice President, Joseph Biden predicted that his future boss, Barack Obama, would be "tested" early in his Adminstration. We're not 60 days into the new Adminstration, and we learn this morning that both Cuba and Venezuela have offered the re-emerging Russian bear the opportunity to base some of their long range bombers in their countries.

The news agency, Interfax, has been told that if both Cuba and Russia "have the political will," then the air base deal could happen.

The agency reported that chief of staff of Russia's long range aviation Maj. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev said Saturday that President Hugo Chavez had offered "a whole island with an aerodrome, which we can use as a temporary base for strategic bombers."

Recognizing that Russia has relationships with not only Hugo Chavez but with Iran's Ahmadinejad, and that Iran has relationships with both Chavez and Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, it would seem that this emerging situation will bear watching over the next few days and weeks. Echoes of the Cold War and of the Cuban Missile crisis are loud and obvious.

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