From the NY Times:
WASHINGTON, May 31 — A top Russia expert at the State Department issued an unusually sharp public criticism on Thursday of Moscow’s behavior under President Vladimir V. Putin, describing the Kremlin as bullying its neighbors while silencing political opponents and suppressing individual rights at home.
Hmmm, does this sound like anyone we know? The hypocrisy is astounding, don't you think? But wait, I thought Chimpy looked Putin in the eye.
PRESIDENT BUSH: I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.
And now, believe it or not, Curious George has actually gotten us back into the arms race!
PUTIN: We have signed and ratified the [1990 Conventional Forces in Europe treaty] and are fully implementing it. We have pulled out all our heavy weapons from the European part of Russia to (locations) behind the Ural Mountains and cut our military by 300,000 men," Putin said.
"And what about our partners? They are filling Eastern Europe with new weapons. A new base in Bulgaria, another one in Romania, a (missile defense) site in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic," he said. "What we are supposed to do? We can’t just sit back and look at that."
I don't know about his soul or if he's trustworthy. But he's definitely straightforward and he is not stupid.