In His Own Words …

I draw your attention and that of your readers to the fact that, for the first time in history — and I want to emphasize this — there are elements of the U.S. nuclear capability on the European continent. It simply changes the whole configuration of international security.

This press conference is impressive. I have no illusions about Putin, but intelligence-wise, he would have to be at the top of the class among heads of state. Combine this with having to listen to GWB and it makes me wonder how exactly the US “won” the Cold War.

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Photo Editor of the Year: Al-Akhbar …

See Matt Taibbi’s funny post on Yeltsin. I am not sure yet if I like the guy (Taibbi), but he is quite sharp with the elbows.

The Russians …

“Putin leads a ruling elite that has very different dreams than in Soviet times,” Kasparov says. “They’re all thinking about their great life in the Cote d’Azur.”