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.
"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.
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.)
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.