Ms. Rice concludes a one-day trip to the region Monday. Her 22 visits have netted little progress.
But in 2004, Bush got only 2 points; Kerry, 0.
Russia's message – 'We're back and we're strong' – creates a new geopolitical dynamic in Eurasia for the Western alliance.
Oil-pipeline routes, market leverage make struggle a 'battle for energy.'
Presidents have made promises about energy for almost 35 years.
Citing dreary job numbers, some economists see the first 'recession election' since 1980.
His foreign-policy credentials will likely be tested as he travels abroad.