A major complaint against George Bush is failure of leadership. The current confusion regarding how to respond to Putin’s offer of allowing use of the Azeri base highlights lack of leadership. Bush has convinced NATO that a missile shield system must be located in Poland and the Czech Republic. Question: Why? Azeri base is located closer to Iran or North Korea than Poland or the Czech Republic.
A refusal to at least take up Putin’s offer leaves Russia with no other conclusion that somehow or other, the missile system is aimed at their nation. Putin will be leaving the stage in a year and a new Russian leader will assume power. Now, is the time to create positive feelings within Russia and eliminate any ideas that Nat