Putin: Terror Attacks Aimed at Bush

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    Putin: Terror Attacks Aimed at Bush

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    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that terrorists are aiming to derail U.S. President George W. Bush's chances at re-election through their attacks in Iraq.
    "I consider the activities of terrorists in Iraq are not as much aimed at coalition forces but more personally against President Bush," Putin said at a news conference after a regional summit in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe.
    "International terrorism has as its goal to prevent the election of President Bush to a second term," he said. "If they achieve that goal, then that will give international terrorism a new impulse and extra power."
    Still, Putin didn't say which candidate he favored in the Nov. 2 U.S. presidential election.
    "We unconditionally respect any choice of the American people," he said. "I don't want to spoil relations with either candidate."
    Putin also noted his continuing disagreement with Bush on Washington's invasion of Iraq, which Russia strongly opposed as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.
    "Russia was always against the military operations in Iraq," he said.
    Despite their differences, Bush and Putin have cooperated closely in the international war on terror, with Russia assenting to the deployment of U.S. forces in former Soviet Central Asia for operations in neighboring Afghanistan. In exchange, Washington has mostly looked the other way on Moscow's continuing war in breakaway Chechnya, which Russia alleges is being fueled by international terror groups.
    On his last visit to Central Asia in June, Putin appeared to be backing Bush's assertion that Iraq was a threat, saying at a summit in Kazakhstan that Russia had notified Washington about intelligence that Saddam Hussein's regime was preparing attacks in the United States and its interests abroad.
    No further details were given, and Putin also said then that the warning didn't change Moscow's opposition to the Iraq war.
     
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    President Putin would do well to re-evaluate his country's relationship with Iran if he's going to talk tough about terrorism.


    Interestingly, Russia is one of the few foreign countries in which the President is favored over Senator Kerry.
     
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    From the BBC and the Moscow Times, two additional views on this topic:


     
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    Would anyone else find it hilarious if a day after Kerry is elected, a tape shows up on Al-Jazeera with Zarqawi cheering victory? Then Kerry would say something like: "I'm gonna show these guys they are going to fear me more than Bush. We are gonna bring out the big guns! <Dials Telephone number> Jaques Chirac? Let's (DUM DUM DUMMMMM) hold a summit!"
     
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    Zhukov, if Kerry is elected, Putin will not have to worry about the Russian nuclear-financial relationship with the Islamic Terror Regime in Iran because the Euro-appeasers will be running the show.
     
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    Ain't that the scary truth.

    My point is though, it's difficult for me to be impressed with Pres. Putin's post-Beslan pumped up rhetoric when we find out his country is constructing a nuclear reactor for the biggest pro-terrorist country in the world.
     
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    AMEN!

    i find this all hilarious irony... remember kerry's "foreign leaders want me as prez?" comment? now we've got russia's putin, india's ruling party, japan's kozumi and britain's blair all but throwing their hat in the ring for bush.

    i'm not sure whether to be pissed at their seeming interference in our politics or pleased they recognize the value the prez is to them..
     
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    Putin does not have much respect from me. He is slowly usurping the democratic powers in his country. Any "advice" he has on our election process can just stay in the Kremlin.
     

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