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Putin: Bush Must Win or Terrorists Will Triumph
    #3590018 - 01/06/05 07:44 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Putin: Bush Must Win or Terrorists Will Triumph

By Simon Saradzhyan
STAFF WRITER

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin on Monday made his strongest endorsement yet for his friend U.S. President George W. Bush, saying "international terrorism" will claim victory over the international antiterrorism coalition if Bush loses.

"I believe that the activities of terrorists in Iraq are not as much aimed at the coalition as at President Bush personally ... The goal of international terrorism is to prevent the election of President Bush to a second term," Putin said.

"If they achieve that goal, then they will of course celebrate it as a victory... over America and, to a certain extent, over the forces of the international antiterrorism coalition," Putin told reporters in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, after a regional cooperation conference.

Putin, however, was quick to point out that his views on the U.S.-led war on Iraq continues to differ from those of Bush and that he will "respect any choice of the American people" for president.

Asked by a reporter whether Democratic challenger John Kerry's criticism of Bush over Iraq might be inspiring international terrorist networks, as Bush contends, Putin said only that the Kremlin is ready to work with whoever wins the Nov. 2 election.

Putin openly criticized the Democrats when he first voiced support for Bush's re-election on June 10. Speaking on the sidelines of a G8 summit in Sea Island, Georgia, Putin accused the Democrats of hypocrisy for criticizing Bush administration's actions in Iraq by pointing out that it had been Bill Clinton's administration that authorized the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia by U.S. and NATO forces.

Eight days later, Putin offered Bush more support by announcing that before the Iraq war started, Russian intelligence had passed over information indicating Saddam Hussein was planning attacks on U.S. targets. Those comments left Bush administration officials scratching their heads, and some said they had never heard before about Russia sharing the information.

Political analysts expressed bewilderment over Putin's latest comments, saying his motives were unclear since his words would have little impact on U.S. voters. Voters started casting absentee ballots Monday.

"It is sort of a bizarre [and] makes one wonder how well Putin and those around him understand U.S. politics," said Andrew Kuchins, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.

Kuchins and Ivan Safranchuk, head of the Moscow office of the Washington-based Center for Defense Information, said Putin's words are highly unlikely to have any effect on the U.S. presidential campaign.

Coverage of the remarks by state television also have no impact on U.S. voters and, if anything, only increase support for Bush among the Russian public, the two analysts said. More than half of all Russians hope that Bush wins re-election, according to a Sept. 3-10 survey commissioned by Moskovskiye Novosti.

Safranchuk said Putin might realize how little sway he has over U.S. voters but is still expressing his support for Bush because he would rather deal with a White House that continues to keep concerns about the Kremlin's record on democracy and Chechnya on the backburner of the official U.S.-Russian agenda.

Bush has warm relations with Putin and has kept U.S.-Russian relations focused on the global struggle against terror.

Kerry, however, might return to a agenda pursued by the Clinton administration that engaged Russia on issues of strategic arms reduction, nonproliferation and democracy, Safranchuk said.

Kuchins agreed. "The conventional wisdom is that Democratic administration will be more critical of internal affairs, trends in democracy and the war in Chechnya," he said.

Kerry was much more vocal than Bush in his criticism of Russia during the presidential debate earlier this month.

Kerry said Putin's decision to scrap popular elections for governors and individual State Duma races as part of Russia's struggle against terrorism "goes beyond just the response to terror."

"Mr. Putin now controls all the television stations. His political opposition is being put in jail," Kerry said.

Despite any concerns Putin might have about a Bush loss, he should not have framed the outcome of the election as a possible "victory of the terrorist evil over good," Safranchuk said.

While Kerry would certainly not hold a grudge against Putin if he wins, key figures in his team might, he said. "They have filed away what Putin said and may remind [the Kremlin] about it," he said.

Still, a Kerry administration might actually do a lot of good for both Putin and Russia by helping Moscow playing a more central role on the world stage, Safranchuk said. Among other things, Kerry has said he intends to engage the international community when embarking on foreign policy initiatives and has criticized Bush for ignoring the United Nations and antagonizing Washington's traditional allies.

http://www.sptimes.ru/archive/times/1013/top/t_13963.htm


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Re: Putin: Bush Must Win or Terrorists Will Triumph [Re: Great_Satan]
    #3590054 - 01/06/05 07:50 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Yes, yes, if Bush lost the terrorists would have won. Hail der fuhrer! Crap, I mean, hail Bush! Vote Bush or the terrorist will git ya!


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Re: Putin: Bush Must Win or Terrorists Will Triumph [Re: DNKYD]
    #3590316 - 01/06/05 08:39 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

:ban:


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Re: Putin: Bush Must Win or Terrorists Will Triumph [Re: Great_Satan]
    #3592454 - 01/07/05 06:04 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Seems the only victory for the terrorists would be a moral one. And, if:

Quote:

the activities of terrorists in Iraq are not as much aimed at the coalition as at President Bush personally ...




then, technically, wouldn't they stop terrorising altogether if Bush disappeared form the political scene?


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Re: Putin: Bush Must Win or Terrorists Will Triumph [Re: SWEDEN]
    #3592459 - 01/07/05 06:06 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Directed at Great_Satan or at DNKYD this time?


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Re: Putin: Bush Must Win or Terrorists Will Triumph [Re: Alan Stone]
    #3593600 - 01/07/05 02:42 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

It was towards GS.


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