. September 13, 2006 SouthAmerica: The Economist magazine published an article on the last issue âWith friends like theseâ, and the article said: ââ¦The immediate aim of this relentless travel is to drum up votes for Venezuelaâs bid to obtain in October one of the two rotating seats on the United Nations Security Council that are normally held by Latin American countries. â¦Now the United States is lobbying hard for Guatemala, placing some South American countries in a quandary. Many are wary of Mr. Chavez but are unwilling to be seen as American pawns. The Mercosur countries have said they will vote for Venezuela; so might Chile. â¦The US has imposed an arms embargo on Venezuela. â¦Venezuela has turned elsewhere for arms. In July Mr. Chavez ordered kit worth some $ 3 billion dollars from Russia, including 24 Sukhoi, 30 jet fighters to replace his ageing American F-16âs. The neighbours are more concerned about the 100,000 Kalashnikov assalt rifles that have begun to arrive, and 55 Russian helicopters, including about a dozen MI-35 helicopter gunships. ************ I believe that it is a good thing that Venezuela gets the UN Security Council seat for the next 2 years. It will be very entertaining to see Hugo Chavez and the Bush administration going at each other. Besides Hugo Chavez would help hold back any agenda that the Bush administration has regarding the UN Security Council. Hopefully the democrats will take the house and the senate in November of 2006 â as Hugo Chavez helps neutralize the United States at the UN Security Council, the democrats will help neutralize the Bush administration on everything else. The best thing that can happen in the next two years is for the Bush administration to be completely neutralized - The less the Bush administration is able to accomplish in the next 2 years, the better it will be for the American people and for the rest of the world. In 2008 after the United States has its next presidential election, Mr. Chavez will be done with his United Nations Security Council adventure, and the new US government administration will be able to operate once again - in the international and domestic areas. . .