Thursday, June 07, 2007

Big Red Machine & Team America, Unite!

America, FUCK YEAH!
Coming again, to save the mother fucking day yeah,
America, FUCK YEAH!
Freedom is the only way yeah,
Terrorist your game is through cause now you have to answer to
America, FUCK YEAH!
So lick my butt, and suck on my balls,
America, FUCK YEAH!
--Trey Parker

Holy crap, did Putin just say....what I think he said?
"There are a lot of people who do not like it when the US and Russia argue and it creates tensions," said Mr Bush. "It's much better to work together."

But when Mr Putin took his turn to speak, it became clear that their talks had been more substantive than Mr Bush's remarks implied.

Mr Putin explained he had proposed the use of a former Soviet radar base in Azerbaijan as an alternative to the controversial missile defence facilities the US is planning to build in central Europe.

The offer raised the prospect of unprecedented military co-operation between the US and Russia and provided a potential solution to their bitter dispute over missile defence. But after the two leaders finished their news conference, it was obvious the proposal had caught the US by surprise.

Wow. Condi Rice is the Kremilinologist and for the US to get caught half-steppin' while the Russians were all up in their grill about "pointing missiles at Europe" is like Gladice Knight without the Pips - You neva goin' Platinum! (thanks Snoop!)...Looks like the Bear was really just hoping the US would let them under the missile shield. Putin's about as crafty as a mofo.

Now what? Ok, so Russia showed it's cards a bit here...

It's obvious they've been moving away from Iran as of course they had to. Russia does business with them, but Tehran isn't the new Washington, and it sure as hell isn't London. So, with Russia gunning for top dog in the "only non-crazy country with oil" sweepstakes (and for the record, Russia is nuts, only slightly less so) and some frayed nerves in Europe over missile-testing and gas shutoffs, Russia needed to play nice.

And it did. For now.

Mr Putin's proposal involves a radar station in Gabala, Azerbaijan, that has remained jointly operated by Russia since the break-up of the Soviet Union.

He views it as a potential substitute for the planned US radar in the Czech Republic that Moscow opposes. But Mr Hadley said the US remained committed to both the Czech site and a proposed base for missile interceptors in Poland.

Mr Putin and Mr Bush have a chance to narrow their differences when the Russian leader travels to the US for more talks with his counterpart at the Bush family summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, next month.

The plot thickens. Chances are, Russia will save face by allowing the other sites, but with a "Russian presence" or some other bone the West will throw them for playing ball.

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