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Clinton Russia Trip – Improved Relations

Through the rose-colored glasses of the Washington Post:

Clinton’s agenda for Russia trip reflects improving but fragile relationship

By Mary Beth Sheridan and Philip P. Pan
Thursday, March 18, 2010

MOSCOW — A year after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presented a mock "reset" button to Russia’s foreign minister, the two nuclear giants have significantly improved their tattered relationship, making progress on U.S. priorities such as Iran and Afghanistan and closing in on a major arms-control agreement, officials from both countries say.

But it has not been easy. Clinton arrived here Thursday morning for a two-day visit. Her agenda reflects the continuing fragility of the new partnership and lingering tensions between the former Cold War foes.

Clinton plans to discuss negotiations on a replacement for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which have dragged on beyond the pact’s expiration in December. She also will talk about possible new sanctions against Iran, an idea that Russia has tentatively accepted but in a milder form than that pushed by the United States and European allies.

The two nations will also review their cooperation with regard to Afghanistan. A Russian agreement to allow the U.S. military to fly troops and equipment over Russian territory is beginning to bear fruit, after months of red tape.

"I think the past year has been successful," said Mikhail Margelov, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the upper house of the Russian parliament. That’s particularly true, he said, if "we keep in mind what the level of bilateral relations was when Obama came to power. It was less than zero."

Apart from allowing flyovers to Afghanistan (which are obviously in their interest), where are there any significant signs of improvement in our relations with Russia?

The Russian leadership is as hostile and recalcitrant towards the US as they have ever been since the so-called end of the ‘Cold War.’

And we couldn’t help but notice this editorial from a couple of days ago in Pravda:

Iran: A Sneak Attack is On!


March 16, 200

It has been revealed that hundreds of powerful U.S. “bunker-buster” bombs are being shipped from California in the U.S. to the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in preparation for a possible attack on Iran. Although Diego Garcia is part of British Indian Ocean Territory, it is used by the US as a military base under an agreement made in 1971. The agreement led to 2,000 native islanders being forcibly evicted to the Seychelles and Mauritius.

According to reports, the U.S. government signed a contract in January to transport 10 ammunition containers to the island. According to a cargo manifest from the U.S. navy, this included 387 “Blu” bombs used for blasting hardened or underground structures. The stealth bomber hangers on the island were being specifically equipped to house the bunker-buster bombs.

Experts say that they are being put in place for an assault on Iran’s nuclear facilities. There has long been speculation that the US military is preparing for such an attack, despite all evidence to the contrary, that Iran is not planning on manufacturing nuclear weapons.

"They are gearing up totally for the destruction of Iran," said Dan Plesch, director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London, co-author of a recent study on U.S. preparations for an attack on Iran. "U.S. bombers are ready today to destroy 10,000 targets in Iran in a few hours," he added.

Ten thousand targets? There is more to this than the concept of overkill or even the remote possibility that there are that many targets that can be described as part of Iran’s nuclear program. It is typical U.S. insanity and murderous behavior. The idea is to devastate, depopulate and rule. Does this planet need yet another people and nation devastated, with its infrastructure attacked by military hardware, made unlivable for its population in the foreseeable future? Does this planet need another area where terrorist bombings are a daily, hourly occurrence? This insanity has to be stopped, and it has to be stopped with all of us.

The civilized world cannot allow this to happen to another country. Iran is an ancient civilization and culture. In over 200 years, Iran has done absolutely nothing to infringe on its neighbors. However, quite the contrary is true. Iran has suffered regime change before at the hands of outsiders and has not forgotten it

Just to remind, on December 18, 2003, Iran signed the NPT (nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) Additional Protocol on Nuclear Safeguards, according greater access and the possibility of intrusive inspections to Iran’s nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This treaty specifically gives Iran the right to use nuclear energy for PEACEFUL purposes.

On the other hand, Israel sits on over 200 nuclear devices and refuses to sign the NPT. Israel’s nuclear facilities are not available and totally closed for outside inspection by the IAEA…

And yet Iran is put in the sites of U.S. disgusting, filthy, criminal, demonic military hardware? Let it all be cursed! Let the evil they plan for others fall back onto their own heads.

This frightening prospect of an unjustified, unprovoked, unmerciful, aggressive and unmitigated attack against Iran MUST be resisted by all civilized persons on the globe, beginning with those in Britain who must make known to their government that they do not want British territory involved in any aggressive attack against Iran, which will surely lead to a huge regional and possibly global warfare. Things are coming to a critical mass, approaching a point of no return. The time to speak and to act is NOW!

For Iran’s children, for Iran’s innocent, for Iran’s great civilization and past! Civilized humans of the world unite and STOP the insanity, stop the killers and destroyers of civilization, stop the war criminals! Stop aggression! Stop war! Stop imperialism! Damn the bombs! Damn the war pigs! We must all act together or we may all burn together!

Just in case there was any doubt about what a great friend Russia is to the US.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 18th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Clinton Russia Trip – Improved Relations”

  1. Tater Salad says:

    From one Communist nation to another. Lets be friends!

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    With Hillary on the case, what could possibly go wrong?

  3. Right of the People says:

    I thought we only sent the Hildabeast to visit countries we wanted to piss off.

  4. mr_bill says:

    Was this is really in Pravda because it sounds more like the New York Times or WaPo?

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    After reading Mz. Crapova article it is quite obvious that Hildabeast needs to spend a little more time on her diplomatic skills.
    That is if she is not too busy dodging KGB snipers.

  6. MinnesotaRush says:

    Putin aide to Putin: “Isn’t that Hillary hot as Russian woman?”

    Putin: “Nyet!!!”

    Putin aide: “Shall we hit “Reset” button?”

    Putin: “Nyet!!!” .. “Hit “Fire” button!!!”

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