In One Eye

Saturday, May 07, 2005
Dear Leader 26 September 2003: "I like [Putin]. He's a good fellow to spend quality time with."

Dear Leader 7 May 2005: "No good purpose is served by stirring up fears and exploiting old rivalries" in the former Soviet republics on [Putin's] borders.

"All the nations that border Russia will benefit from the spread of democratic values, and so will Russia itself. Stable, prosperous democracies are good neighbors, trading in freedom and posing no threat to anyone.

"All free and successful countries have some common characteristics - freedom of worship, freedom of the press, economic liberty, the rule of law and the limitation of power through checks and balances."

Putin's got to be thinking that the leader of the free world isn't someone he'll ever want to turn his back to.