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When you said "they're playing a game" and "the ball is on Bush's court" I thought that, after all the nice words 5+ years ago, Putin is saying "you want to play hardball? Let's play hardball".

And one can say Russian policy has been consistent over the years. It's US policy that is constantly shifting with respect to others and assigning the role of "bad guy" here and there.

But the current showdown over the missile shield has been an announced disaster since Bush assumed office, and is following entirely predictable lines.

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 27th, 2007 at 09:50:03 AM EST
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You're right, nobody should be surprised by what's happening. No Russian president would have let the Pentagon lay out bear-traps in Russia's front garden; certainly not Putin.
It's sad that we're seeing these two players wrestling each other on European ground as mere bystanders like it's 1961 or something. Seems like nothing changed too much, only the playground moved a little east.

"If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles." Sun Tzu
by Turambar (sersguenda at hotmail com) on Fri Apr 27th, 2007 at 10:58:29 PM EST
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