Friday, August 29, 2008

Putin interview

Interesting stuff. Two points jump out at me:
1.) He's lying about the chronology. We know this thanks to Michael Totten's reporting from Georgia, which I mentioned a few days ago. Not surprising, because Saakashvili's bungling misinformation attempt has everyone (including the pro-Georgian camp) convinced that there were no Russian jets bombing Georgian forces until after the war officially started on August 7.
2.) He doesn't like McCain. No big surprise there, but he throws this bit in: "If my suppositions are confirmed, then there are grounds to suspect that some people in the United States created this conflict deliberately in order to aggravate the situation and create a competitive advantage for one of the candidates for the U.S. presidency. And if that is the case, this is nothing but the use of the called administrative resource in domestic politics, in the worst possible way, one that leads to bloodshed." Given #1, this is more likely a lie than a real paranoid suspicion. Does Putin want to work with Obama, or work Obama over?

[P.S. to the blog: the Michael Totten material I alluded to above is here. -M.]

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