Friday, March 24, 2006


"Vladi You're Doing a Heckuva Job..."

...or something like that:

Before the United States went to war with Iraq in 2003, the Russian ambassador gave specific details of the planned action to Iraqi officials, according to a description of the meeting in Iraqi documents obtained by the U.S. government.

The account included the specific number of troops, tanks, fighter planes and cruise missiles, along with other highly sensitive information.

"That they would actually pass such specific information to the Iraqis that could possibly compromise our troops and put them at risk, that is frustrating and it is disturbing," said former U.S. Army Gen. Jack Keane, now an ABC News consultant.
FLASHBACK: June 16th, 2001, President Bush on Russian President Vladimir Putin:
"I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straight forward and trustworthy and we had a very good dialogue.

"I was able to get a sense of his soul.

"He's a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country and I appreciate very much the frank dialogue and that's the beginning of a very constructive relationship," Mr Bush said.
Well, I guess being half-right is not too bad: Vladimir Putin is "deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country..."

It just happens that there was never any particular reason to assume that simply trusting and hoping that another nation's best interest will somehow automatically coincide with America's --without some sort of independently objective guage for succes.

Or "Doveryai no proveryai," as someone once said
a long time ago in a place far, far away.

So, one more person that the president has decided to trust implicitly -- particularly with respect to Iraq -- and that person's words don't seem to square with reality.

True, there is nothing in the ABC story to suggest -- yet -- that Putin knew that his ambassador to Iraq was assisting Saddam in gathering intelligence on the U.S. invasion plan.

However President Putin was a
career member of the KGB. Something tells me he knows only too well what all of his underlings are doing.

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