I heard on NPR today that the Bushman is going to visit again with his buddy, Vlad Putin.
Got me thinking and I have something for all you paranoiacs and tin-hatters out there.
Consider back in Bush's early days when he visited ol' Vlad and said he looked into his eyes, he saw his soul? We all laughed, those of us who use our brains for more than figuring out when "American Idol" is on, but we were wrong. WE WERE WRONG! George was telling the truth. He looked into Vlad's soul and LIKED what he saw. Don't forget, both these guys were connected with espionage, Bush with the CIA and Putin with the KGB. They probably knew each other from the old days.
Consider this: Putin arranges for corruption charges to be brought against big business men who wanted to get him out, and they are in jail or in hiding or dead. He consolidates his power. Bush (or his minions) rips the reputations of any political rivals to shreds (i.e. hatchet job on John Kerry by Swift Boat Liars) in order to consolidate his power.
Putin gathers more control of the state into his hands. Reduces democracy (as little as the Russia had). More police power to intimidate citizens.
Bush uses terrorist hysteria to consolidate his power, infringes on American's freedoms (ever wonder what your librarian has been telling the FBI about you?) through wiretapping, charges of terrorism (hello sunny Cuba, enjoy your stay at Guantanamo Bay) and basically trashes our reputation with torture, rendition and military tribunals.
Neither man wants his people to question his policies: better they should just devote their time to working and shopping.
In short both men are instigating fears amongst the populace and law makers in order to consolidate their powers and suppress opposition. Putin has war in Chechnya, Bush has war in Iraq. Terrorist seedbeds, both of them. Well, now they are, anyway.
And the two men still seem to have a cozy relationship (at least Our Leader thinks so) while officially our governments are at odds over Nato expansion and missile defense.
Sooo, who benefits if there is a resumption of the cold war, or something similar, between the Russia and the USA? The ordinary citizens who just want to be happy and live life or the military-industrial complex and it's greedy political supporters?
Think about it.
Geez, I'm almost convincing myself.
In actuality, I think that Putin is playing George for a sucker. But I could be wrong.
Still, I wonder how much Mr. Bush believes about how those missle installations in the Czech Republic and Poland are really for stopping Al Quaeda missles. Osama bin Laden has a lot of missle delivering capabilities, no doubt. They're just building them helter-skelter in those caves on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Well, that ought to be enough to disturb your sleep for the night. My work here is done.