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Old 10-18-04, 09:54 AM
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Putin urges voters to back Bush

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe...raq/index.html

Putin urges voters to back Bush

By CNN Moscow Bureau Chief Jill Dougherty
Monday, October 18, 2004 Posted: 7:08 AM EDT (1108 GMT)

Putin says terrorists want to inflict "maximum damage to Bush."

MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says terrorist attacks in Iraq are aimed at preventing the re-election of U.S. President George W. Bush and that a Bush defeat "could lead to the spread of terrorism to other parts of the world."

Putin, speaking Central Asian Cooperation Organization summit in Tajikistan Monday, made his most overt comments of support so far for the re-election of Bush for a second term.

"Any unbiased observer understands that attacks of international terrorist organizations in Iraq, especially nowadays, are targeted not only and not so much against the international coalition as against President Bush," Putin said.

"International terrorists have set as their goal inflicting the maximum damage to Bush, to prevent his election to a second term.

"If they succeed in doing that, they will celebrate a victory over America and over the entire anti-terror coalition," Putin said.

"In that case, this would give an additional impulse to international terrorists and to their activities, and could lead to the spread of terrorism to other parts of the world."

Putin noted that American voters will not decide the election just on Iraq.

"Because of this we must take a realistic approach and be prepared for any development of events," he said. "We respect any choice the American people will make."

President Putin made it clear Russia remained opposed to the war in Iraq.

"Today, our views on that differ from the views of President Bush," he said.
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In Russia, candidate endorses YOU!
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The real question is who does this guy endorse?:

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Right.
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He's right. If Bush loses, terrorists will consider it a victory (regardless of veracity), and it will bolster their morale. However, that's just the nature of things; it's not a reason to vote for Bush, just something that will happen if he loses. Just like if Kerry loses, we'll have to put up with 4 more years of whining from the vocal and extreme Left; however, that's not a reason to vote for him.

Is there more to this story than is in the article, because while Putin is stating what he believes will happen, I'm not seeing any "urging" or "overt support" for Bush's re-election campaign.

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Okay, I keep hearing this one. What was the origin of this?
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Originally posted by Ranger
Okay, I keep hearing this one. What was the origin of this?
Hint: the answer is in this very thread. There was also a thread asking your same question posted very recently (TV Talk, I think).

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Okay, I keep hearing this one. What was the origin of this?
his picture is in the thread.

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Ah, okay.
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"Any unbiased observer understands that attacks of international terrorist organizations in Iraq, especially nowadays, are targeted not only and not so much against the international coalition as against President Bush," Putin said.

"International terrorists have set as their goal inflicting the maximum damage to Bush, to prevent his election to a second term.


Yeah, that's the main goal of Wahhabi Islam.
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Originally posted by chess
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What do you mean. This is big. Bigger than the Times endorsing Kerry. Just look at how huge the country is. Big, I tell you.
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Originally posted by kvrdave
What do you mean. This is big. Bigger than the Times endorsing Kerry. Just look at how huge the country is. Big, I tell you.
Hey, when do we start getting those cartoon flags that say, "Russia, Irrelevant since 1991!"
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Hey, when do we start getting those cartoon flags that say, "Russia, Irrelevant since 1991!"
As soon as they endorse a Democrat.


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Originally posted by kvrdave
As soon as they endorse a Democrat.


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Originally posted by kvrdave
As soon as they endorse a Democrat.


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Already done.
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Already done.
Was not. Yakov Groucho made a different joke.
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Putin wants Bush re-elected because in case Putin pull the pre-empt strike, he can point to Bush himself and said that he also did it to protect his country.

I find that his argument is actually for Kerry. If the insurgents are against Bush, then wouldn't it mean they are less against Kerry. That argument is silly but that's basically what he is saying.

Anyway, leaders of other nations shouldn't openly make such an endorsement. It's not a smart move IMO.
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Originally posted by Luc TC
Putin wants Bush re-elected because in case Putin pull the pre-empt strike, he can point to Bush himself and said that he also did it to protect his country.

I find that his argument is actually for Kerry. If the insurgents are against Bush, then wouldn't it mean they are less against Kerry. That argument is silly but that's basically what he is saying.

Anyway, leaders of other nations shouldn't openly make such an endorsement. It's not a smart move IMO.
You honestly think Russia (and Putin, in particular) gives a rat's ass about what anyone says about their policies?

If Russia believes anything to be in their best interest, they will not ask the UN, or Bush, and certainly not Kerry about whether they can do it or not.

However, I do see the point about him being for Kerry. He would finally have voice in our government with Kerry. One nation, one vote. It's Kerry's America
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