Bush Losing Russia To The Commies?
Dick Morris offers strong words for Bush, Rice and Cheney regarding their handling of Russia. Per Morris, the civil rights repression in Russia are similar to when it was communist. Add it Russia's involvement with Iraq and Iran, and Morris wonders why Bush did not revoke Russia's inclusion in the G-8 conference. Maybe its oil reserves have something to do with the administrations lack of action.
Richard Nixon once said of Bush senior that the world would ask, “Who lost Russia?” (an echo of his own 1950s question about China) if he did not increase aid to Moscow. Now the question of who lost Russia comes up again. And the answer, surprisingly is President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Secretary of State Rice.
I think Morris is correct but perhaps too harsh given the clear messages Bush has given in speeches in the former Soviet satellite countries. While Russia has its own chechen terrorists to worry about, it seems the President is giving Putin more rope than he would under different world conditions.