Saturday :: Oct 13, 2007

Bush v Gore Redux


by Mary

While Gore is touted world-wide for his promotion of the world good, the Decider-in-Chief creates more messes that adults will have to come and clean up. Far from promoting peace, Bush's bull in a china shop style of national defense has led to a drastically worse relationship with his "good friend" Putin. McClatchy's Landay writes that Putin's ability to gull Bush is classic spy-craft.

Bush and his aides "grossly misjudged Putin," considering him "a good guy and one of us," said Michael McFaul of Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

The former KGB officer created that illusion partly by appearing to share Bush's political and religious convictions, standard tradecraft employed by intelligence officers to recruit spies, he said.

"Putin . . . is a brilliant case officer," said Carlos Pasqual, a former senior State Department official now at The Brookings Institution, a center-left policy organization in Washington.

It is truly ironic that Bush's Secretary of State who was feted as such a scholar of the Russian mind is now seen as such a ineffective actor when facing someone who can think more than two steps ahead. Bush's blunderings continue to badly serve the United States, much less the world. No wonder the right wingers are so upset these days and are working double-time to try to pull Gore down to Bush's level. Just keep at it, guys. Most people in the US and throughout the world know the real thing when they see it.

Mary :: 5:24 AM :: Comments (3) :: Digg It!