I think Nick Sawczenko is correct. Not only has Obama already been negatively influenced by residual fumes in the form of left-behind officials and incomplete wars and other business, I don’t think either he or his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has enough understanding of the very important rise of new leftist governments in Latin America to interact intelligently with Venezuela. Obama speaks of listening, but his and Clinton’s explanations of this supposedly new policy only confirm the suspicion of Iran’s president that it will be a “tactic” rather than a change. National health, to Obama, still means subsidization of insurance companies. Equality still means equal opportunity to struggle. Free still means free to profit at the expense of others. If Obama visits Cuba, which is unlikely, or Venezuela, which is possible, he will still be expecting to encounter sulfur fumes in those places..