Vladimir Putin Blames US for World Instability
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Sometimes words fail.
Like when the kleptocratic leader of a third rate military power and economic basket case who endorses extortion as an element of domestic policy and sells weapons to pretty much anyone with a Visa or Mastercard accuses others of injuring the international system.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in some of his harshest criticism of the United States since he took office seven years ago, said Saturday that Washington's unilateral, militaristic approach had made the world a more dangerous place than at any time during the Cold War.
"The United States has overstepped its national borders in every way," he said in an address at an annual international security conference here. "Nobody feels secure anymore, because nobody can take safety behind the stone wall of international law."
Just pause a moment to savor this. And this:
Putin criticized the expansion of NATO, saying the alliance's placement of military forces on Russia's borders reduces "the level of mutual trust." He said the U.S. desire to place antimissile systems in Eastern Europe could further upset the international balance of power and embolden the United States in its foreign policy decisions.
Or even this:
The Russian president defended his country's arms sales to Iran as a way of reaching out to that Middle Eastern power, which is under pressure from the United States and Europe to curtail its nuclear program. Russia has supplied some air defense weapons to Iran because, he said, "we don't want Iran to feel cornered."
When I look into the seething, effervescing, putrescent morass that is Putin’s soul, I don’t see what President Bush saw.