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.
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.
I don't want these people in my country. Period.
The State dept stinks of rotting leftist flesh.