Friday, February 25, 2005

SHOOTOUT! COWBOY BUSH TAMES RUSSIAN BEAR PUTIN

SHOOTOUT! COWBOY BUSH TAMES RUSSIAN BEAR PUTIN

President George Bush subjected Russia's Vladimir Putin to a public lecture on the fundamentals of democracy yesterday, injecting a chill into a relationship that has - until now - been characterised by bonhomie.

An unsmiling, visibly irritated Mr Putin squirmed as he listened to Mr Bush tell a press conference he had been told that Washington had "concerns about Russia's commitment in fulfilling" the "universal principles" of democracy. "Democracies always reflect a country's customs and culture, and I know that," Mr Bush said. "Yet democracies have certain things in common; they have a rule of law, and protection of minorities, a free press, and a viable political opposition."


Bush made me proud with this one... He didn't back down. He was diplomatic, yet firm. He was cordial, yet didn't beat around the Bush. And he wasn't afraid to call PUTIN out in front of the press. Awesome performance...