George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States of America has made his first declaration about Russia in an interview with the television channel ABC: “I do not know yet, I hope Russia is a friend…We have a lot of work to do with Russia but I hope that in the long term we will be friends”. This statement shows that George W. Bush is sufficiently intelligent to not start his presidency with polemical statements about subjects outside his knowledge. It starts a “wait and see” approach and if the new administration in the White House is willing to collaborate openly with President Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the White House and the USA has everything to gain. One must not forget that President Bush has as his National Security Advisor a lady called Condoleeza Rice, who proclaims herself an as an expert in Soviet matters. The exact history of this lady is as yet unknown, but one presupposes that she speaks Russian and has lived in Russia or some other ex-Soviet Republic to be able to proclaim herself an “expert in Soviet matters”. The vice president, Richard Cheney, who is better known by the name “Dick”, was President Bush’s father’s Defence Secretary, associated with calling the Soviet Union “the Evil Empire”. Let us hope that President Bush continues his intelligent approach towards international politics and does not pay too much attention to his Vice or his Rice.
TIMOTHY BANCROFT-HINCHEY PRAVDA.RU LISBON
The Americans came to realise that they would have to either leave the region or weaken their presence there. It is Russia that is filling the vacuum now