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George W. Bush is the “Lame Duck That Roared”

December 11, 2008

George W. Bush is the “Lame Duck That Roared,” according to arch-conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer.

According to Krauthammer, who appeared Wednesday on the Fox News Channel, Bush has provided more real leadership during the lamest of his lame duck time than any previous lame duck president ever.

 Charles Krauthammer

Bush has managed the economic crisis with the help of the Treasury Department including Henry Paulson and (like him or not) Neel Kashkari and others.  He has managed a major time-line agreement with the Iraqis on U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, and he has gotten a Status of Forces Agreement (SoFA) signed with the Iraqis, an effort to protect American troops against unlawful action by their host nation.

Krauthammer has dubbed Bush “The Lame Duck That Roared” and we sure hope he makes his case in Friday’s column….

Neel Kashkari, interim Assistant Treasury Secretary for Financial ...

Neel Kashkari, interim Assistant Treasury Secretary for Financial Stability, at a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on December 10. The US Congress has published an extremely critical report on the Treasury Department’s handling of the two-month-old, US$700 billion financial industry bailout aimed at stabilizing the US economy.  But the Congrress was unable to come up with a viable plan on its own.(AFP/Getty Images/Mark Wilson)

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China, Russia vow to step up military ties

December 11, 2008

Chinese President Hu Jintao called Thursday for stronger military ties with Russia in talks with visiting Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, state media reported.

“As the strategic partnership between China and Russia develops, the relationship between the two militaries has also continued to become more consolidated and stronger,” Xinhua news agency quoted Hu as saying.

With next year’s 60th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations approaching and economic relations between them at historic highs, the two nations should also advance ties in other areas, Hu said.

AFP

Chinese President Hu Jintao, seen here in November 2008, called ... 
Chinese President Hu Jintao, seen here in November 2008, called Thursday for stronger military ties with Russia in talks with visiting Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, state media reported.(AFP/File/Louisa Gouliamaki)

“I hope … to advance the China-Russian strategic partnership and the relationship between the two militaries from a new historical starting point to better and faster development toward the future,” he was quoted as saying.

Following talks between Serdyukov and Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie, the two sides announced joint anti-terrorism military exercises for next year, the third joint exercises to be held between the armies of the two nations, Xinhua said.

The neighbours have also held joint anti-terrorism exercises with other Central Asian nations.

China’s ambitious military modernisation programme over the last two decades has been largely achieved through the purchase of advance Russian equipment, including fighter jets, transport planes, warships and submarines.

Above: A Shenyang J-8IIF ‘Finback-B’ of China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)


Above: A Russian Kilo Class submarine like those exported to Iran and India….

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Get the Feeling Russia and China Are Slicing Up The World and the U.S. Will Be Left Out?

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India, Russia ink nuclear deal

December 5, 2008

India’s prime minister says India and Russia have signed a nuclear deal that is expected to see Russia build four nuclear reactors for power-starved India.

The deal was inked during a meeting between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visiting President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia.

Associated Press

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) waves as Indian Prime ... 
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) waves as Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh looks on at a welcome ceremony in New Delhi on December 5. India and Russia on Friday signed an agreement covering the building of four new nuclear energy reactors in southern India, as well as a cooperation accord on manned space flight.(AFP/Raveendran)

Singh says that the deal “marks a new milestone in the history of our cooperation with Russia in the field of nuclear energy.”

The deal follows the conclusion of a landmark nuclear deal between the United States and India earlier this year that opened the way for nuclear trade between India and other nations.