Hmmm… a new found friend? > News > Nation > America’s War on Terror — Putin says Bush win means U.S. not scared of terror: “‘I am convinced that international terrorism gave itself the goal of not allowing the re-election of Bush. The statement by bin Laden in the final stages of the pre-election campaign is the best confirmation of this,’ Putin said.

He was referring to a video statement by bin Laden promising attacks on the United States in retaliation for deaths in Iraq.

Putin sounded a note of caution, however, saying relations between Moscow and Washington would not be plain sailing.

‘Relations will not be easy. Between such countries as the United States and Russia with such a scale of mutual obligations, there are always some problems,’ he said.

‘Our relations in the last four years have undergone a big change, for the good of our peoples, of our countries, and for the good of our security,’ said Putin, adding that he found Bush ‘a reliable and predictable partner.'”

Look to see the US / Russian relationship grow as the hard reality sets in. Watch what happens next with other EU nations. GW has a golden opportunity… discounting of course France…. who live in their own space time continuum. — zzb