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To: A. Pole
I agree. Russia needs law and order, more than they've had during the halcyon days of Clinton & Yeltsin. Mr. Putin is probably between a rock and a hard place: reigning in semi-autonomous robber governors in the provinces brings out the "USSR IS BACK" crowd in force. Leaving things decentralized results in corruption and bardak.

Khodorkovskiy's crimes are well-documented, what got him busted is that he broke the Putin commandment: If businessmen don't mess with politics, than politicians won't mess with business.

It displeases several on this site that Russia seems to side with North Korea/China/Iran/France/whomever against the US. That's their perogative as an independent nation.

I don't see Russia becoming a great friend or enemy of the US. As Disraeli said: "Nations have no permanent friends or enemies, only permanent national interests."

Russia will probably settle down to be a big, cold France eventually.

My primary loyalty, however, will always remain with the US, whose constitution I have given a sacred oath to defend. Against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic.

My constitutionally-elected president states that Mr. Putin is a friend of the US. Until Mr. Bush says otherwise, that is sufficient for me.

16 posted on 11/18/2004 1:44:13 PM PST by struwwelpeter
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To: struwwelpeter
My primary loyalty, however, will always remain with the US, whose constitution I have given a sacred oath to defend. Against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic.

And the true loyalty usually requires speaking truth. Truth is good for everyone (in a special good sense).

17 posted on 11/18/2004 2:08:17 PM PST by A. Pole (Col.Guano: I think General Ripper found out about your preversion, and your [...]mutiny of preverts.)
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