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As has been pointed out around here, the Russian perception of relationships with The West™ changed dramatically after the Kosovo campaign. During the 1990's they seem to actually have believed the US and its allies were genuinely interested in partnership. In addition, Bush started off being very friendly to Putin but after a couple of years Putin realised Bush wasn't to be trusted.
We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
yup, it's hard when you're looking into someone's soul to stop them looking right back at yours...
putin has been restrained in his responses considering how bushco's behaviour has been one long windup.
he's right not to take bush at face value, apart from being much smarter, he is better placed to take advantage of current and coming events than bush, who has already won his place in notoriety as the most recalcitrant ignoramus ever to steal a country's vote.
...and then reduce everything he touches to gold, for his friends...
....to dust for everyone else
'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
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