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siren
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posted 10 February 2007 04:22 PM      Profile for siren     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Putin blasts U.S. foreign policy
Associated Press

Munich, Germany — Russian President Vladimir Putin blasted the United States Saturday for the "almost uncontained" use of force in the world, and for encouraging other countries to acquire nuclear weapons.

In what his spokesman acknowledged were his harshest attacks on the U.S. since taking office in 2000, Mr. Putin also criticized U.S. plans for missile defence systems and NATO's expansion.

Mr. Putin told a security forum attracting top officials that "we are witnessing an almost uncontained hyper use of force in international relations" and that "one state, the United States, has overstepped its national borders in every way.

"This is very dangerous, nobody feels secure any more because nobody can hide behind international law," Mr. Putin told the gathering.


I assume that last quote, given the context, is incorrect. Surely Putin said nobody feels secure because nobody can count on international law -- ?

I heard on CBC radio that Putin also blasted the USA for not understanding democracy and sending fools overseas to "teach".

Kind of amazingly ironic when you think of it. And you don't even have to think about it too hard.

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500_Apples
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posted 10 February 2007 04:31 PM      Profile for 500_Apples   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Putin's foreign policy: assassinations, poisoning, economic warfare on eastern europe, bombing Chechnya into the ground, and joining Kyoto for the credits. On the other hand though, Bush looked into his eyes and saw that his soul was that of a good man, so it's hard to know what to think.

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posted 10 February 2007 05:00 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Chechnya has oil like Iraq and its neighbor, Iran. Both of the main original rebel leaders, Al Khattab and Shamil Basayev were trained and indoctrinated in terrorism at CIA-sponsored training camps for militant Islam in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Both were killed by the FSB(formerly the Soviet KGB) in this decade. It's said that Khattab and Basayev had ties to al Qaeda as well as KLA and Albanian drug mafia. Todays leaders of these Chechen "rebels" share little in common with the former Sandinista rebels or Vietnamese volunteers during that war. The goal in Chechnya, I believe, is oil not freedom, and we can bet that some funding for terrorist activities and hired mercenaries could be traced back to Anglo-American oil companies.
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posted 10 February 2007 08:47 PM      Profile for 500_Apples   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So you're saying that you have no sympathies for the present group of Chechen rebels? I have no idea if they're horrible evil people or not, I can't say I've really looked into this issue. I do recall getting the impression the cause for war was fraudulent when it began and very convenient for presidential candidate Putin.

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posted 10 February 2007 10:03 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
They should likely be on their own, like Puerto Rico or even Haiti.
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siren
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posted 11 February 2007 02:41 PM      Profile for siren     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Americans respond:

quote:
One Cold War is enough' says new Pentagon chief
LOLITA C. BALDOR

Associated Press

MUNICH, Germany — Pentagon chief Robert Gates responded Sunday to Vladimir Putin's assault on U.S. foreign policy by saying “one Cold War is enough” and that he would go to Moscow to try to reduce tensions.

Mr. Gates also sought more allied help in Afghanistan.

He delivered his first speech as Pentagon chief at a security conference in Germany and then flew to Pakistan to discuss fears of a renewed spring offensive by Taliban fighters in neighbouring Afghanistan.

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While he did not mention the war in Iraq, Mr. Gates told officials at the security conference that Washington must do a better job of explaining its policies and actions.

For the past century, he said, most people believed that “while we might from time to time do something stupid, that we were a force for good in the world.”

Many continue to believe that, Mr. Gates said. But, he added, “I think we also have made some mistakes and have not presented our case as well as we might in many instances. I think we have to work on that.”

The bulk of his speech was devoted to the future of the NATO alliance and the need to work together to defend against threats.

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posted 26 February 2007 02:45 PM      Profile for siren     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
February 26, 2007

BEWARE GROWLING BEARS

Eric Margolis

When the Russian bears growls, it’s best to pay attention. Vladimir Putin’s harsh criticism of US military and foreign policy on 10 February should have set off alarm bells in the west.

But senior US officials are so obsessed with Iraq, and so used by now to having Moscow agree to whatever Washington wanted to do around the globe, even in Russia’s backyard, they mostly shrugged off Putin’s warnings. The US and British media self-righteously blasted the Russian leader for daring question the Pax Americana.



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posted 05 March 2007 07:43 PM      Profile for BetterRed     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Germany's foreign minister called Monday for a calm debate by the European Union, the NATO alliance and Russia on U.S. plans to develop an anti-missile shield in Europe.

A top Russian general, however, increased the bellicosity of the debate, noting that the Russian air force could easily knock out any such missile-defence sites the U.S. places in Europe.

"Since missile-defence elements are weakly protected, all types of our aircraft are capable of applying electronic countermeasures against them or physically destroying them," Lt.-Gen. Igor Khvorov said Monday, according to Russian news agencies Interfax and RIA-Novosti.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, whose country holds the EU presidency, made his call for calm amid growing concerns in Moscow and in the EU over Washington's talks with the Czech Republic, Poland and Britain about those countries hosting radar bases and interceptor missiles as part of the plan.

"What we have to do now is to discuss this calmly within NATO and the EU and … to talk to the Russians," Steinmeier told reporters as he went into a meeting of EU foreign ministers.

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said the U.S. plan was "incomprehensible," adding that money spent on a European missile-defence system could be better spent elsewhere.

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"We will have no stability in Europe if we push the Russians into a corner," he said.



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