Remember when President Bush has said this of Russian President Vladamir Putin? "I looked the man the eye (nevermind the fact that he has TWO eyes)"
Yeah and Putin looked into Bush's eyes and saw an empty warehouse beyond those eyes with a "for rent" sign in it.
Well, we don't seem to have such a great relationship now with Russia. I guess his magic eight ball eye failed him. What a surprise?!! Who could have foreseen that making foreign policy decisions based on "psychic powers" wouldn't work so well?!!! I mean, who needs a State Department when you've got voices speaking to you in your head (that you call "God") and a Ouija board?!!
And yet despite President "Oracle's" arrogant, Karnack like assumptions, relations between Russia and the United States have steadily soured during the Bush era.
The divide increasing despite having a Secretary of Defense who is supposedly a "Russian expert!!" Condileeza Rice's "Russian expertise" hasn't done much to keep Russian democracy from eroding around the edges. And our foreign policy failure in Iraq hasn't given us any ground or credibility to challenge Putin on his controlling policies. Remember this exchange?:
Bush said that, during two hours of discussions, 'I talked about my desire to promote institutional change in parts of the world like Iraq where there's a free press and free religion. I told [Putin] a lot of people in our country ... would hope that Russia would do the same thing. I fully understand, however, that there will be a Russian style of democracy.' Putin replied, smiling: 'I'll be honest with you: we, of course, would not want to have a democracy like in Iraq.'
And does this kind of comment give you much confidence in our "Russian expert??":
Putin has recently said that the United States is making the world a more dangerous place by pursuing policies aimed at making it "one single master."
What is our State Department doing??? They won't talk to Iran, they won't talk to Syria, barely talking to North Korea, doing next to nothing on Darfur or Somalia and seem to be talking past Russia. And they refuse to put any pressure on their masters--the Saudi government.
Rice has emasculated the State Department choosing instead to be Bush's Consigliere and thus the only source of "diplomatic intelligence." This is the kind of "policy" that comes out of a government that believes in the "unity executive" and in an incestuous circle of a small cabal of sycophants speaking in the echo chamber that is Bush's cranium.
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