posted on Apr, 18 2014 @ 04:21 PM
I'm posting this thread in the WWIII Forum only becasue it relates to current events with Uktaine,
Russia, Europe and the United States.
The article I'm posting is a fairly long read (about 10 minutes), but most interestingly
charts political events between the Bush administration up to today's stand off
I have been a staunch adversary of Putin's politics for a long time and as you
know fairly outspoken about him in the Ukraine/Crimea situations.
I have to say that after reading the entire article I have some sympathy with Putin,
and look towards the United States and it's partners for Isolating Putin in the first place.
To sum up then.. We have missed good opportunities to build relations with Moscow.
The damage is done now.. only hope is that the West learn from it's mistakes.
Will that happen.. I doubt it, but one can hope that like individuals the powerful ones can learn
to grow along with their experiences.
Reuters) - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin
supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes
carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central
Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their U.S. counterparts on their own ill-fated 1980s occupation of Afghanistan. During Putin's visit to
President George W. Bush's Texas ranch two months later, the U.S. leader, speaking at a local high school, declared his Russian counterpart "a new
style of leader, a reformer…, a man who's going to make a huge difference in making the world more peaceful, by working closely with the United
States." For a moment, it seemed, the distrust and antipathy of the Cold War were fading.
edit on Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:22:12 -0500224America/ChicagoFriday4 by rigel4 because: (no reason given)