If Russia wanted to be more self-serving -- and you just know that it does -- it would push Miss Venezuela into the arms of Captain America in order to keep more Chinese action for itself. But you might ask what the selling point would be for the U.S. when, as previously stated, it's heading away from foreign oil. Easy: the exponential potential for foreign direct investment (FDI) with Venezuela, whose private-sector FDI fell 30 percent from 2007 to September 2011, according to Venezuelan Central Bank figures, largely due to nationalization of the private sector under Chavez socialism. America could partner with Venezuela, through joint ventures, for one reason: mutually beneficial profit. And as we've seen throughout history, diplomacy more often than not is birthed and nurtured as the result of respectful, profitable, voluntary partnerships of equals. Besides, it wouldn't be difficult to understand why, from a strictly ideological perspective, America would want to keep China out of its backyard.
But what might the U.S. offer Russia in return for its cooperation? How about Syria? Although Russia has criticized America's intervention there, that's only really because Syria is right in Russia's backyard. It's tough to blame Russia. It's not as if there's any real love lost between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. When Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Istanbul last December, Putin said, "We are neither protecting the regime in Syria nor acting as their advocate, but remain worried about Syria's future."
Sorry, Bashar. It looks like he just isn't that into you. This means that the U.S. and Russia have common diplomatic ground. America's current support of Syrian insurgents represents a major bargaining chip that it could use with Russia to keep Venezuela out of the Chinese sphere of influence -- and, in doing so, ensure less competition for Russia in its selling of resources to China.
In the final analysis, the people of the United States, Russia, Venezuela and Syria would all come out ahead -- as would capitalism.