- It sure looks like Binyamin Netanyahu will be the Prime Minister of Israel: A new poll published on Channel One television Tuesday night projects Likud party chairman Binyamin Netanyahu as the next prime minister with a commanding 37-25 lead over Kadima. This gives credence to worries that he will move to knock out Iran's nuclear capability quickly too.
Opinion: He's the right man for the time. Israel needs someone strong with the US featuring weak liberals in the White House.
Russia continues their courting of evil empire types: Venezuala, Zimbabwe, Cuba, rebel groups in South Ossetia, and basically anyone who doesn't like the US. Down deep I think Russia like the tough kid down the street who can see that he's falling out of all the important groups, so he aligns with all the bad gang types so he can have someone to hang with. Eventually those gangs get arrested and broken up, and that kid is still standing there with a foolish grimace.
Russian warships approached Venezuela Monday for upcoming joint maneuvers -- Moscow's first military presence in the region since the Cold War -- as Washington closely monitored the situation.
Venezuelan defense officials said the ships, including the nuclear-powered cruiser Peter the Great and destroyer Admiral Chabankenko, would arrive on Tuesday.
The joint exercises were to coincide with a two-day visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Venezuela, the strongest US critic in the region.
Medvedev was due to arrive Wednesday and meet fiercely anti-liberal President Hugo Chavez on Thursday, before heading to communist Cuba.
Analysts see Medvedev as bringing a defiant message to Washington's doorstep, in the wake of Russian outrage at US plans to install a strategic missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, and support for the brief Georgia war in August.