The key is "ex". Time changes things and people. The (globalist) MSM has been beating up on Putin pretty badly. Think about it.
Having Russia on our side is a MAJOR asset.
Here's the biggest reason of all why Putin supported Bush: Putin is smart, and anyone with a brain supported Bush over sKerry.
Should Bush be proud of the support given to his war in Iraq by the Polish government? Leaders of this government are high ranking "ex-Commies".
I about a former hard leftist (Labor), still PC and pro EU unionist Blair? Or a former indited business man Berlusconi? Or a former hard core communist in present day Poland? Which of America's allies' leaders don't have something questionable in their past, to include Bush himself? People change, at least Christianity allows us to see it that way.