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Putin: Don’t Call Me-I’ll Call You-I’m Not Leaving!

President Putin, at his last annual press conference, blasted critics and promised to remain on the job as a strong and vibrant prime minister — just in case the new presidency of Dimitry Medvedev wants to draw upon his obvious talents. His anger boiled over when he told European critics of Russian elections to go “teach their wives to cook cabbage soup.” He made clear his respect of law and claimed not for a moment having any desire to continue as president. Putin looks forward to a collaborative relationship with Medvedev(of course, there is a formality like an election which will delay assumption of power) who will set the broad contours of policy while he, as prime minister, will carry them out.

Putin was asked why Medvedev was not participating in debates. “The election campaign is going normally. That fact that it is proceeding calmly, without these debates, without stirring up the country, is not because we lack democratic procedures. It is because the overwhelming majority of Russian citizens support the course we have chosen.” One assumes Putin believes things like people debating issues before a nation simply are a waste of time since the electorate should never be bothered by voting for people who have expressed a clear program of action.

Putin launched into a virgorous defense of his oppostion to independence for Kosovo. He also blasted Bush policies as establishing missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic as hostile actions against Russia and his nation would respond to such aggressive tactics. Putin was particularly angry at the Western media which continually attacks his nation.

There is no doubt President Putin’s most important legacy was restoring order to a fractured nation and ending the massive takeover of the ecomomy by economic bosses who robbed the nation for their own welfare. The tragedy of his legacy is failing to accomplish his goals while respecting the democratic process.

Poland, Russia, USA, And Missile Defense Systems

The Polish government is engaged in a flurry of activity to cover all bases regarding the proposed installation on their territory of missiles by the United States government. Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski rushed to Moscow to reassure the Russians not to worry about having missiles a few hundred miles away. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov assured him that Russia had no veto right over what Poland desired for its protection. Sikorski then turned his attention to negotiations with the United States over the missiles. The Polish government wants money and military equipment from the United States in order to modernize its air force and get some nice missiles of its own. In fact, Poland is so pleased to receive US military assistance, it even has agreed to increase the size of the Polish contingent in Iraq.

Lost in this running back and forth to secure agreements on missiles in Poland is the question as to why the missiles are needed in the first place. Poland wants its own missiles, why? Is another nation threatening Poland? Which missiles from which country will the new installation shoot down? Nations are prepared to spend billions on missiles and military equipment when they have no one to fight. Wouldn’t it make more sense to spend that money on issues of poverty, health care or education?

US Tries Selling Radar Station To Dubious Czechs

After two days of robustly selling the virtues of having a radar station on Czech Republic soil, Geneal Henry Obering, head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, still had failed to completely obtain support from Czech officials. He insisted myths the missile system was not an effective protective device were downgraded by the American military leader. General Obering raised the fear of Iran by warning “I believe that the day is coming for Europe with respect to threats from Iran specifically.” However, his fearmongering failed to persuade the Social Democratic Party and the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia(KSCM) that a real threat existed and it could be met by the American missile defense system. Hassa Charfo of KSCM commented the government is “trying to find any reason to avoid a vote by the people” and there is fear if the radar is placed on Czech soil, “we will be targets.”

During his talk, Obering raised the bloody flag of 9/11 to stir fear but many were not convinced that Iran was a possible sources of terror. The recent report by a Bush intelligence outfit insists that Iran is not engaged in development of nuclea weapons, but Obering continues hammering away at the fear ploy.