Drunken Mongol Hordes

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Interesting interview with Vladimir Putin, including everything from a call for Iran to submit to IAEA inspections to a know-you-are-but-what-am-I rebuttal to claims that he is sharply curtailing civil liberties:

Repeatedly, Mr. Putin used American analogies to drive home his points. Why, he asked, was his wide use of the Russian security services any different from the creation of the Department of Homeland Security? Why should terrorism in Chechnya provoke any lesser response here than America's if the same problems arose in Texas? Why should his former role as a K.G.B. agent prompt concern when the first President Bush was once head of the C.I.A.?

Later, he has this to say about the international force in Iraq:

Mr. Putin ruled out, for now, sending Russian troops to help there and said that although a variety of international military contingents provided political support for America in Iraq, they were not much use in other respects because they "abuse alcohol," "begin to sell weapons" and only thought about "fleeing as soon as possible."

He declined to say which countries' soldiers he had in mind, but described the troops as "motley" rather than multinational. Several dozen nations have contributed to the America-led force in Iraq ? including Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Spain, Portugal and Mongolia ? usually with small contingents.

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  1. People who thought just like Putin were in power then. You never heard an American President then gushing about being able to “see into his soul” with them or refusing to raise difficult issues with no quid pro quo. We will pay a price in the future for not holding Putin judiciously at arm’s length now.

  2. That guy cracks me up. He’s smart, though, or his advisors are. Thank God he wasn’t in power when the old USSR was swinging it’s big dick.

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