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To: frogjerk

Precisely.

Nobody had a better insight into Iraq than the Russians.

What I'm wondering is why Putin wanted Bush elected. What was in it for him ? Wheels within wheels.


7 posted on 04/07/2006 10:02:40 AM PDT by buwaya
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To: buwaya

"What I'm wondering is why Putin wanted Bush elected. What was in it for him ? Wheels within wheels."

Money. The Communist Russians are not yet wealthy enough to go back to the Soviet way of life. With Kerry in office, they would have to make their play.


11 posted on 04/07/2006 10:08:33 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (To Serve Man......It's a cookbook!)
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To: buwaya

Putin wanted Bush reelected because then Russia could play balance-of-power politics. America retreating would oblige Russia to deal with militant Islam and Chinese expansionism. As long as America is engaged, he can play America and our common natural enemies off against each other.

(Yes, wheels within wheels: There's a reason 'byzantine' got it's secondary meaning. We Orthodox are Christians, but we're still Eastern.)


38 posted on 04/07/2006 2:42:03 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: buwaya
What I'm wondering is why Putin wanted Bush elected. What was in it for him ? Wheels within wheels.

Perhaps he was afraid that Kerry would find in Schroeder and Chirac good friends. Thus those two would treat him with more distance. When US and the EU argue with each other, Putin is dancing.

52 posted on 04/09/2006 1:28:21 AM PDT by Lukasz
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