Skip to comments.Putin has joined the "Axis of Evil"
Posted on 10/11/2006 6:28:16 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Monday, Rush Limbaugh interviewed me on Epicenter for the November issue of The Limbaugh Letter. For about 45 minutes, we discused how since taking office in 2000, former KGB chief-turned Russian President Vladimir Putin has built strong personal, political and military ties to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il. Putin has sold Iran and North Korea billions of dollars worth of arms and even nuclear technology. He is arming America's worst enemies for war, and in so doing, Russia has joined the "Axis of Evil." Yet on this critical issue, official Washington seems to be in a true state of denial.
As I document in the book, Russia signed a $1 billion arms deal with Iran in December 2005, providing the radical Islamic regime in Tehran high-speed missile and other high-tech weaponry, despite Ahmadinejad's call to annihilate the U.S. and Israel two months earlier. Russia is building nuclear facilities for Iran, training over 1,000 Iranian nuclear scientists, and running political interference for Iran at the U.N. to prevent us for imposing economic sanctions that could slow down Ahmadinejad's feverish bid for nuclear weapons.
But there's much more to the story. Consider Putin's dangerously close ties to Kim Jong Il:
* On July 19-20, 2000, Putin became the first President of Russia ever to visit Pyongyang. He met with Kim Jong Il and explored ways to rebuild the once-close relationship between Russia and North Korea.The Bush administration and Congress must confront Putin directly on Russia's increasingly dangerous ties to North Korea and Iran. Time is running out.
* In December 2000, the Kremlin announced its desire to dramatically increase military sales to North Korea.
* In April 2001, the Kremlin announced an official agreement to modernize North Korea's military. Sales have soared since then. "In 2001, Pyongyang imported combat plane parts, armored vehicles, helicopters and gunpowder worth $120 million from China and Russia," said one report. "In 2000 it bought aircraft parts, air-search radars, engines, automatic navigation devices, military jeeps and others worth $100 million" from Russia, China, Belarus and others.
* In August 2001, Kim Jong Il visited Russia and met with Putin in Moscow.
* In August 2002, Kim Jong Il visited Russia again, meeting Putin in Vladivostok.
* In 2003, the Kremlin refused to rule out further arms sales to North Korea, despite increasingly dangeorus and provocative moves by Kim Jong Il.
* In 2003, Asian intelligence services became increasingly concerned that "North Korea and Iran are in talks over a plan to export Pyongyang's Taepodong-2 long-range ballistic missiles to Tehran and to jointly develop nuclear warheads....The two countries have been negotiating the deal for about a year and are likely to reach an agreement in mid-October," according to defense sources "familiar with North Korean affairs."
* In 2004, the CIA estimated that North Korea had at least six nuclear weapons and by 2007 could produce enough highly enriched uranium to produce six new nuclear weapons a year.
* In 2004, the New York Times reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency recently found strong evidence that the 1.7 metric tons of the uranium in Libyas possession came from North Korea. The uranium was described as being unusable for nuclear fuel, but was enough material to make one nuclear bomb, noted the web site MissileThreat.com. The Times said "that a new level of suspicion now lurks, that North may have sold uranium to other countries or to terrorists."
* In August and September 2004, U.S. intelligence officials and analysts began worrying openly about the threat of North Korea and Iran firing nuclear missiles at American cities off the back of commercial container ships, giving us little or no warning before impact and detonation. Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld said one Middle East nation already has "launched a ballistic missile from a cargo vessel," referring to Iran. "They had taken a short-range, probably Scud missile, put it on a transporter-erector launcher, lowered it in, taken the vessel out into the water, peeled back the top, erected it, fired it, lowered it, covered it up. And the ship that they used was using a radar and electronic equipment that was no different than 50, 60, 100 other ships operating in the immediate area." According to Bill Gertz of the Washington Times: Air Force Gen. Ralph Eberhart, commander of the U.S. Northern Command, also said recently that the danger of ship-based missiles is growing. "I believe it's just a matter of time until the terrorists try to use a...maritime attack against us. I believe that attack could come in terms of bringing a ship into port, whether it's [carrying] high explosives or whether it's weapons of mass destruction." Noted Asian intelligence specialist Richard Fisher: "Should North Korea adopt this strategy, it would have the option of trying to infiltrate and pre-position its missiles in Canada, Central America or even the continental United States. U.S. missile defenses do not currently defend against either launches from the south of or within the contiguous 50 states." (I write more about Iran's efforts to develop a ship-launch capability in Epicenter.)
* In 2005, Putin actually personally awarded a medal of honor to the North Korean dictator who is starving his own people and threatening the world with nuclear war.
* In August 2006, a Russian newspaper reported that U.S. officials are increasingly concerned that North Korea is laundering money through Russian banks and in the process helping North Korea sell ballistic missile technology to Iran, Syria and Pakistan. The American Center for Nonproliferation Studies released a report yesterday claiming that North Korean authorities, with the help of private Russian companies, are providing ballistic missile to third countries, Iran, Syria and Pakistan in particular. This information comes at the same time as a scandal is unfolding over the North Korean regime's transfer of a considerable part of its bank accounts to Russia, skirting American sanctions. Although these accusations are only coming from NGOs right now, they may become the case of the next strain in Russian-American relations." U.S. officials are increasingly concerned that Russian firms help North Korea develop missile technology, Pyongyang sells it to other problem countries, and the proceeds from those sales are deposited in North Korean accounts in Russian banks. It is only a small step form that picture to the accusation of violating nonproliferation rules.
The war against communism is far from over.
Washington is in a state of denial over several things. First, they refuse to even admit that 12 to 20 MILLION illegal aliens in our country whom they have no idea where or who they are, is a problem. A few years ago they decided that China deserved permanent MFN trading status and now they think a country who is deiberately arming our enemies, and theirs, too, isn't a problem.
We probably have almost as many home grown communists here as there are overseas.
Three places I wouldn't mind seeing get nuked: Mecca, Pyongyang, and St. Petersburg.
Didnt Putin meet with Chavez too?
I jhave been wondering what was going on with Putin making trouble for the United States.
I have thought for a long time now that Putin wasnt toobright. Doesnt he know that you cant make deals with these crazy bastids. One day they will turn on him like rabid dogs. Once KGB always KGB I suppose.
JUST JOINED?... Only could be spoken by one thats never read the Communist Manifesto..
He never left. He just went undercover.
Kremlin, Korean and Koran dictators--- have become the new KKK.
They are sheep moving through the slaughterhouse chutes, bleating nervously but not knowing what lies ahead.
Who do you think will be Russia's president in 2008? Will it be someone from the old line Communist bent, or an actual supporter of western democracy?
It'll be Putin, again.
It depends on who you mean when you say our.
Do you mean our as in the citizens of the United States or do you mean our as in the politicians in Washington. I am not getting rich off of the U.S.-Chinese-Russian trade relationships but there are many in Washington who are. Russia and China are not enemies to some.
He cannot seek a third barring a Constitutional change. That seems unlikely.
Ha! Funny, but as you know, Clinton and Gore have already done all the damage that can be done to Russia by allowing them to completely rebuild their missile technology - with some of OUR funding!
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