I thought the point about 100k AK-47's being purchased was interesting. I have no idea how many AK-47's (semi auto only) there are in U.S. civilian hands, but I suspect it is probably more than this purchase alone.
I consider china's military build up and cooperation w/ russia to be far more significant than chavez. Chavez is something like fidel w/ oil. Bad ideas, big mouth, but w/ money to blow.