My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


Of All The Stupid Things To Say . . .

President Bush is rather famous--or notorious--for mangling the English language. But once upon a time he spoke rather clearly on one subject:

"I looked the man [Vladimir Putin] 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. "


Feel any need to add to and/or revise those statements, Mr. President?

A rare radioactive substance killed an ex-KGB spy turned Kremlin critic, the British government said Friday. In a dramatic statement written before he died, the man called Russian President Vladimir Putin "barbaric and ruthless" and blamed him personally for the poisoning.

Or . . .

Russia has delivered the first batch of some 29 anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran, a Russian newsagency reported Friday. The consignment is part of a 1.4 billion dollar deal signed by the two countries several months ago, Interfax said. The missiles systems are intended to protect Iran's controversial nuclear plants, the agency said.

Russia may no longer be able to stand toe-to-toe with the U.S., as it did during the late 20th century; but it most certainly still has the ability to move the chess pieces around the board, and seems intent on running blocking actions against American interests wherever it can.

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