View Full Version : Putin Takes Bush's Side Against Democrats on Iraq

11 Jun 04,, 05:52
SEA ISLAND, Ga (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin stepped into the U.S. political campaign on Thursday, saying the Democrats had "no moral right" to criticize President Bush over Iraq.

The Kremlin leader, answering a reporter's question in Sea Island, Georgia, suggested that the Democrats were two-faced in criticizing Bush on Iraq since it had been the Clinton administration that authorized the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia by U.S. and NATO forces.

The reporter had asked Putin to respond to U.S. press articles questioning Russia's place at the G8 feast of leading industrial countries.

Putin brushed these off, saying such articles were part of an internal U.S. political debate.

He went on: "I am deeply convinced that President Bush's political adversaries have no moral right to attack him over Iraq because they did exactly the same.

"It suffices to recall Yugoslavia. Now look at them. They don't like what President Bush is doing in Iraq."

Russia was adamantly opposed to the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, as it has been to the U.S.-led military operation Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein.

At the same time, Putin forged a strong friendship with Bush by offering immediate support in the global fight against terrorism. Both men go out of their way now to avoid criticizing each other publicly.
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=0ANW4XNBF5P30CRBAEOCF EY?type=politicsNews&storyID=5397632

12 Jun 04,, 21:58
He's not really taking Bush's side, he's saying the Dems are just as bad.

14 Jun 04,, 12:47
(Hey noob here..... First reply)
Putin supportd Bush for a range reasons....
Among them would be the fact tha Bush does not and probably will not hassle the Russians about human rights and their attacks in Chechnya.
Along with this the Russians are still sour about the NATO intervention because that was "Russian territory," but one must say the situation in Yugoslavia was a more urgent issue than Iraq.... There were the begginings of a full blown genocide.... Happening so close to Europe I think NATO had juristiction to do so...

15 Jun 04,, 00:21


15 Jun 04,, 01:55
Okay..... ???