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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Another foreign policy triumph for Dubya's administration.

VP Dick Cheney's harsh words for Russia the other day worked real good.

As proof, check out what Russian President Vladimir Putin had to say in his 'state of the nation' speech:

But amid increasingly vocal American criticism of his domestic and foreign policies, Putin also issued a veiled but clear response to Vice President Dick Cheney's accusations that Moscow is rolling back on democracy and strong-arming its ex-Soviet neighbors.

"Where is all this pathos about protecting human rights and democracy when it comes to the need to pursue their own interests?" said Putin, who also used a fairy-tale reference to criticize the aggressive U.S. course in global affairs.

"We are aware what is going on in the world," he said. "Comrade wolf knows whom to eat, it eats without listening and it's clearly not going to listen to anyone."

Devoting much of the hour-long speech to defense, Putin stressed that Russia needs a strong military not only to guard against terrorism and attacks but also to resist political pressure from abroad. He noted that Russia's military budget was 25 times lower than that of the United States.

"Their house is their fortress — good for them," he said. "But that means that we also must make our house strong and reliable."

"We must always be ready to counter any attempts to pressure Russia in order to strengthen positions at our expense," Putin said. "The stronger our military is, the less temptation there will be to exert such pressure on us."
[Emphasis mine]

It looks like the right-wing's delusions about how the US is the 'only remaining superpower' are sending 15 years of good US-Russian relations right down the drain. All I can figure out is that Dubya isn't satisfied with his current abyssmal poll numbers, and wants to shoot for the all-time low mark.

Via UK Guardian.

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