This comment might be a bit of a tipoff into strategic thinking inside Russia. Mainly, that Bush is nuts.
Stark raving, speaking in tongues, doolally nuts. (Los Angeles Times: Straitjacket Bush: The President’s Warmongering Remarks on the Iranian Threat Suggest He Is Psychotic)
Seriously. International Relations assumes “rational actors.” Putin’s comment could mean that the Russians see Bush as fully nuts and expect him to lash out in an irrational manner. That’s not rocket science, obviously, but considering the military implications is a chilling exercise.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Thursday warned strongly against new international sanctions on Iran, saying they would lead to a dead end.
Putin, in Portugal for a summit with leaders of the European Union, said the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program should be resolved through talks, pointing at North Korea as an example.
“Why worsen the situation and bring it to a dead end by threatening sanctions or military action,” Putin said in a veiled reference to the U.S. push for harsher international sanctions against Tehran.
“Running around like a madman with a razor blade, waving it around, is not the best way to resolve the situation,” the Russian leader said.
Putin spoke after the Bush administration imposed sweeping new sanctions against Iran, cutting off key Iranian military and banking institutions from the American financial system for Tehran’s alleged support for terrorism and nuclear weapons ambitions. Putin did not directly refer to the U.S. actions.
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