Saturday, August 18, 2007

US-Russia Relations Deteriorating


China Confidential: Relations between the United States and resurgent Russia are steadily deteriorating, as shown by Russia's resumption of permanent long-range strategic bomber flights.The bungling of the critically important bilateral relationship by the Bush administration boggles the mind.For some Russian officials, it is payback time for covert US support for jihadists in Afghanistan before and during the Soviet occupation--and associated, clandestine, Cold War-era, US-backed, jihadist raids into Soviet territory aimed at bleeding Moscow through its mainly Muslim underbelly.
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3 comments:

RoxieAmerica said...

There are some side effects to President Bush's foreign policy... this is another one... but not the only one.

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Not only that, what of Russia's clear Land Grab in terms of the North Pole's vast potential oil, gas and mineral wealth?

Russia MUST be back on America's Cautious Radar.

BZ

programmer craig said...

The bungling of the critically important bilateral relationship by the Bush administration boggles the mind.

I think the author is not being honest with that statement. The US has never had a good relationship with Russia. But it seemed almost like it was so, when Russia was bankrupt and demoralized, and when their military was all but defunct. Now Russia has some cash and some leverage, and they are starting to feel strong again. And under Putin's leadership they are re-asserting themselves in a very similar way to the USSR during the cold War. I don't think it's anything to do with Bush. I think it would have happened regardless of who was in the White House, or what was happening in the world.

And recall, Russia joined the anti-US coalition of France and Germany way back in 2002.

And observe how Russia has now rejected France and Germany as partners, because Russia doesn't need them anymore.