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Originally posted by dbates
This latest statement could free the Bush Administration from showing a direct tie between al-Qaeda and Saddam.
Originally posted by dbates
Does this clear the U.S. from lying about al-Qaeda ties? No, but it gives a escape route, so the al-Qaeda threat doesn't have to be proven by the Bush administration.
What everyone should be asking is "What does Russia want?" This seem to be a favor and in politics there is always a return favor. Putin obviously wants Bush re-elected. Why?
Among the most important tasks we foresee for the next couple of years is entry into the WTO...
The U.S. administration has had a lot to do with this. Secretary of Commerce Evans played a key role, as did U.S. Trade Representative Zoellick, and Treasury Secretary O'Neil, who visited Russia two months ago and gave serious impetus to our negotiation process.
During the recent visit of President Putin to Brussels, all the agreements that we are now in the process of achieving with the United States were reconfirmed at the European Union level.
Russia and the United States have tremendous potential for joint work. U.S. investments in Russia hold leading positions in the total value of accumulated investments. At the same time, in the last year other countries have begun to catch up. I think this is only temporary, and the United States, with its tremendous potential, will be able to maintain its position of the leading investor in Russia.
We view participation in the WTO as a major goal for Russia.
The WTO Working Party on the Accession of the Russian Federation, on 18 December 2002, agreed on an accelerated programme of work during the first half of 2003
Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned U.S. military action against Iraq on Thursday and called for a rapid end to U.S. operations. He told senior ministers in the Kremlin: ''Military action can in no way be justified. Military action is a big political error.'' If the world submitted to the right of might then no country would be safe, he said. ''It is for these reasons that Russia insists on an end as quickly as possible to military action.''
Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said Friday that Russia would veto the U.S.-backed resolution if needed to preserve "international stability."
But many analysts say Russia does not want to risk a serious break in ties with the United States over Iraq.
Originally posted by Voice_of Doom
and it only came 1 week after the G-8 Summit where they all got together to decide how to divvy up the spoils of the rest of the world.
You can't BUY that kind of loyalty....oh wait....I guess you can......
Originally posted by Netchicken
Sorry guys, but gotta side with doom...
And that, Netchicken, is why you sit alone as the greatest of moderators.
I have always thought that...even if I didn't publicly come out and say it. All of the people who work for me have been saying that for years...I just never got around to telling you. But I could be convinced to.....
I might even be convinced to LIE and say that I believe every post you have ever had was right. Maybe you and I could work out a "deal" behind the walls of a 5-Star Secluded Island resort where our security forces outnumbered protestors 66 to 1.
Then we could simply tell ATS that I have always been your biggest supporter...I wouldn't have to have facts...you don't need them in this world anymore (thanks post-modernists).
on a lighter note kiddies...since when did we start EVER BELIEVING WHAT THE RUSSIANS SAID ANYWAY?????!!!!!! Christ almighty...they're the GD Russians!!!!!
The single act of obediance is the cornerstone of authority - R.A.W