Friday, June 18, 2004

russia, putin, the waaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrr

putin says russia gave bush info on terrorism - ny times

Russia gave the Bush administration intelligence after the September 11 attacks that suggested Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq was preparing attacks in the United States, President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

Putin said he couldn't comment on how critical the Russians' information was in the U.S. decision to invade Iraq. He said Russia didn't have any information that Saddam's regime was actually behind any terrorist acts.

``After Sept. 11, 2001, and before the start of the military operation in Iraq, the Russian special services, the intelligence service, received information that officials from Saddam's regime were preparing terrorist attacks in the United States and outside it against the U.S. military and other interests,'' Putin said.

He said President Bush personally thanked one of the leaders of Russia's intelligence agencies for the information. There was no immediate comment from U.S. officials.

Ok. I was really going to refrain from doing this at russian school, but damn it. i was reading this in russian. just as a measure of how clever putin is, remember, he was the first to realize how valuable sept. 11 would prove to the international security community. he was the first to call and offer his condolences to bush on september 11, and he was the first to realize how his state could capitalize on the tragedy. the brutal ethnic repression in chechnya changed overnight from a question of ethnic separatism to international terrorism. that putin was so brash as to offer information that iraq was planning terrorist attacks is both amazing and totally unamazing. if people trusted the sincerity of putin's cooperation in the war against militant islamists, i think this should raise some questions. first of all, when Iraq was crawling with weapons inspectors, they weren't doing A THING. they weren't making weapons, they weren't planning attacks, they weren't funding radical islamists in a significant way. (i'm sick of hearing about how hussein gives money to the families of palestinian suicide bombers. that's not sponsoring terrorism, it's a nominal bone to throw at the tatters of the now discredited idea of pan-arab nationalism. the suicide bombings would and will continue with or without money for the bombers' families. if israel wanted to end the suicide bombings it would stop destroying the bombers families' houses). The invasion was a total sham, because the weapons inspectors made the whole 'imminent threat' deal a giant sham. The administration can throw words like that out at press conferences, and then when and if the media starts to question their veracity, all of america has already found a friends rerun to watch.

i'm just going to stop here. i worry that the NKVD might be listening in. double deuce to the war on terror from middlebury vt. scott rose, signing out.