Right again, Putin. The foot-dragging you have encountered comes from State’s unwillingness or inability to come to grips with the reality of Islamic jihad. From CNN, with thanks to JC:
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that mid-level officials in the U.S. government were undermining his country’s war on terrorism by supporting Chechen separatists, whom he compared to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden….
But Putin said each time Russia complained to the Bush administration about meetings held between U.S. officials and Chechen separatist representatives, the U.S. response has been “we’ll get back to you” or “we reserve the right to talk with anyone we want.”
Putin blamed what he called a “Cold War mentality” on the part of some U.S. officials, but likened their demands that Russia negotiate with the Chechen separatists to the U.S. talking to al Qaeda.
These are not “freedom fighters,” Putin said. “Would you talk with Osama Bin Laden?” he asked.
Putin said the Chechen separatists are trying to ignite ethnic tensions in the former Soviet Union and it could have severe repercussions.
“Osama Bin Laden attacked the United States saying he was doing it because of policies in the Middle East,” Putin said. “Do you call him a freedom fighter?”
Putin’s comments came a few weeks after the U.S. granted asylum to Ilias Akhmadov, the “foreign minister” of the Chechen separatist movement.
Of course, this should work both ways: Putin and the Russians should realize that the same enemy also exists in Iran and Iraq, and stop aiding the enemies of America there. (Thanks to “Allah” for the links.)