George Bush seems intent on attending the G8 Summit in St Petersburg, Russia in July, so what does Cheney do?
From Lithuania, he accuses Putin of all manner of things--of restricting the rights of citizens (did you know Cheney concerns himself with such?)..."no legitimate interest is served" by turning energy resources into implements of blackmail," and other hypocritical little ditties designed to pave the way for Bush in July.
Whaa-a-a-a-a? Cheney said that Russia's "other actions" have been "counterproductive and could begin (Could Begin!!?) to affect relations with other countries."
He even had the temerity to mention border issues..."undermining the territorial integrity of a neighbor..."! Kinda like inviting Mexico to send 'em on over, Red Rover? He complained about "interference in democratic improvements" such as free elections--as if America has room to talk!
Well, admittedly, he made these accusations from the relative safety of Vilnius, Lithuania, so I assume the VP has a state-of-the-art security force to royal-taste-test his soup. Check the croutons, too, would be my advice. (He'll be there 'til the end of the week.)
Russian Liberal (!?!) Democratic (?!?) Leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky said he believes Cheney was trying to "discredit Russia in the run-up" to the G8 Summit--as if Russia needed help with discrediting itself. Seems everybody's a comedian!
Of course, if I step back, I can see how Cheney's performance is part of the World Domination Theater, dahling--the G8-ers in complete agreement on the sly and puttin' on a show for the Middle Eastern skybox, for after all, Oil and the control of it is still the name of the game, is it not?
And if Cheney is warming up the audience before Bush hits St Petersburg, George's usual chilly reception awaits him--with his nibs as the punchline...doppleganger notwithstanding.
Here's the article, if you care: Cheney Lectures Russia About Reform
5.4.06 11:37 am edt