The Venezuelan leader gave Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi a warm hug yesterday during his 11-day tour to Russia, Belarus, Syria, Algeria, Libya, and Iran.
It's like that old country song: "Lookin' for love in all the wrong places. Lookin' for love." (Or as Eddie Murphy would say in his classic SNL skit, "wookin pa nub.")
They may be the wrong places only as far as the US is concerned. (It was, after all, Mr. Chavez who joked that his trip would be to the "evil axis" countries.) But for Chávez and his assortment of less-than-US-friendly hosts, the chemistry may be just right.