Ahmadinejad cultivating ties in Latin America, Obama shakes fingerIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives in Latin America on Sunday, where he will seek to shore up ties with such paragons of virtue as Venezuela, Cuba and Ecuador. Meanwhile, Barack Hussein Obama is shaking his finger at those countries.
With one eye on his standing at home ahead of March's parliamentary election, Ahmadinejad will meet other anti-American presidents on a trip Washington said showed Iran was "desperate for friends".I'm sure Chavez and Castro - over whom the US has zero influence - are just quaking in their boots.
His first stop is OPEC-ally Venezuela, where Ahmadinejad has been assured a warm welcome by President Hugo Chavez. He will also visit Cuba and Ecuador and attend the inauguration of re-elected Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
"We are making absolutely clear to countries around the world that now is not the time to be deepening ties, not security ties, not economic ties, with Iran," US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Friday.
"As the regime feels increasing pressure, it is desperate for friends and flailing around in interesting places to find new friends," Nuland said.
What could go wrong?