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To: MarMema
Russia's interests don't seem to coincide with US interests as often as people would like to believe, and Putin often complicates our problems on purpose. In Iraq Russia was an active supporter of Saddam, militarily and diplomatically. Iran's Ayatollahs are about to go Atomic with Russian help.

And now: Russian MiGs in Venezuela. Some friend.

That said, Putin's probably the best thing to happen to Russia in ninety years. When Europeans criticize Bush, I let them know in no uncertain terms that Bush's job is to please Americans, not Europeans. When foreigners are pissed at him, I tell them, that means Bush is doing his job right. Then we get down to some serious drinking ;-)

So... I don't expect Putin to sacrifice Russian interests for American ones. Anymore than Bush should subbordinate our interests to Russian ones.

Thanks to Ms. Politkovskaya's aggressive reporting on the Russian military's abuses in Chechnya, I've got a ready-made comeback to Russians wanting to bitch about Abu Graib.

18 posted on 09/17/2004 10:40:29 AM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: struwwelpeter
Friendship is not about only doing business with those America likes. Business is business.

We just gave asylum to a chechen terrorist who is, I am sure, currently buddying up with the leftists in DC and making all kinds of new friends.

And that was not even business. That was just plain old betrayal. So don't tell me about friendship.

19 posted on 09/17/2004 11:02:22 AM PDT by MarMema
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To: struwwelpeter
The chechen will, btw, soon be collecting to send funds back to scum like Basayev, and may even get involved in politics.

I don't want these people in my country. Period.

The State dept stinks of rotting leftist flesh.

20 posted on 09/17/2004 11:04:04 AM PDT by MarMema
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