Sunday, November 26, 2006

Is Putin Really A Friend In The "War On Terror?"

Is Russian President Vladimir Putin really a friend in the "war on terror?"

President Bush has called Russia "a strong ally in ... fighting the war on terror," and "a strong and viable partner with the United States."

It's great spin, especially when accompanied by warm handshakes like the one in the photo at right. But there's no reason to believe the relationship between Bush and Putin has translated into any kind of partnership on Iraq or Iran.

Earlier this year, a Pentagon report revealed that the Russian government provided Saddam Hussein with intelligence on U.S. military movements and plans during the opening days of the war in 2003. Russia called the allegations "ridiculous," but the Pentagon hasn't backed away from the claims.

In July, Bush stood side by side with Putin at the G8 Summit in Russia. Bush told Putin that Americans want Russia to develop a free press and free religion “like Iraq.” To laughter and applause, Putin responded: “We certainly would not want to have same kind of democracy as they have in Iraq, quite honestly.”

Remember, Putin is our "strong ally in ... fighting the war on terror."

Now comes word that Russia has begun delivery of Tor-M1 air defense missile systems to Iran, in spite of U.S. criticism.

In August, Russia rejected talk of sanctions against Iran.

"I believe that the question is not so serious ... to consider any introduction of sanctions. Russia stands for further political and diplomatic efforts to settle the issue," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told reporters at the time. Russia also failed to warm up to the idea of sanctions after a trip last month to Moscow by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

So Russia isn't listening to us. It might have helped Iraq. And its leader, Putin, makes jokes about it.

How again is Russia our "strong ally in ... fighting the war on terror?"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is something that this Conservative can agree with you on. Russia can never be trusted. I didnt even trust them right after 9-11.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous trinity said...

President Bush might be trying to appeal to the "better angels" of Putin's nature, but this man cannot be trusted, and he definitely is not a friend of ours.

Nor has Putin been good for the Russian people. There is no real democracy or freedom of the press under this guy. He just kills off the dissenters.

1:39 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Bush is just conducting a pony and dog show for a mainstream media in the U.S. suffering from short term memory disability. No context. No foul, I suppose.
Why does Bush waste taxpayer money flying around the world for these pointless photo-ops with foreign ambassadors?
After he has made a mockery, if not a shambles, of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, plus having the support of only one-third of the country and after his party's sweeping election defeat, does anyone either at home and especially abroad take him seriously anyway?

4:19 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

Speaking of killing off dissidents, if, in fact, it can be proven that Alexander Litvinenko's murder was ordered by the Russian regime, the West should definitely confront Putin, and Russia should be expelled from the G-8.

It's ridiculous how many bodies have been piling up in that country under Putin's presidency. But allowing Russian intelligence to get away with actually killing a British subject on British soil cannot be an option.

1:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are not focused on the bodies piling up in Russia, due to the mountains of them forming daily in Iraq, including the ones deposited in the military sections of cemeteries across the U.S.
We have our own incompetent, murderous (wanna-be) dictator to worry about.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

Thanks for pointing out exactly how trivial the concept of "liberty" really is in the mind of Anonymous.

And please, your hyperbole concerning President Bush is well past the point of being tedious.

1:32 PM  

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