Tuesday, August 16, 2005

I think I was one of five Republicans troubled by President Bush's landing on the Lincoln back in 2003, but this story positively creeps me out.

Is there any conceivable reason for a Russian head of state to be on a bomber which is firing test missiles? I mean, any reason that isn't very, very worrisome?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did you miss this?

In 2000, while still acting president, Putin landed a Su-27 fighter in Chechnya, where Russian forces were mounting a fierce bombing and shelling campaign against the rebel-held capital city Grozny

Since you didn't like the Lincoln, imagine the American equivalent of that. Clinton flying an F-16 into Priština? LBJ landing an F-4 on Cam Ranh Bay? Lincoln sailing an ironclad into Savannah?

Bill Walsh said...

Oops, that was me.

Anonymous said...

Don't leave out "Former head of the KGB"

Aakash said...

I think there were a lot more than five.

Anonymous said...

Six here. Be well.

Anonymous said...

I'm more concerned about the joint russian/chinesse miltary exercise!

Bill Walsh said...

Six! Six?! You're back! I always wondered what happened to you after you left Blossom.

And, yeah, Putin was on his way to the Sino-Russian "anti-terrorist" exercise, which had a suspicious amount of strategic bombers and naval landings...

arrScott said...

Why would anyone worry about Vladimir Putin? President Bush said he got a good look at Putin's soul and found him to be a good and trustworthy man. In order to doubt Putin's intentions, we would first have to reject Bush's judgment. And, since good judgment is the most important qualification for the presidency, we would then have to conclude that Bush is a poor choice for chief executive.

As to the strategic "antiterror" exercises, who wants to bet that the People's Liberation Army's white paper on Taiwan now includes staging pro-independence terrorist attacks in the mainland as a prelude to invasion?