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Putin Demands U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq

Putin also suggested that Russia is building another nuclear submarine and a "completely new" atomic weapon.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

(MOSCOW, Russia) - Tensions between the United States and Russia appear to be souring by the day, and now Russian President Vladimir Putin says the American presence in Iraq needs to end, now.

Bush's sometimes friend who he claims to speak very frankly with, seems to have reached the end of the line in his support of U.S. policy in Iraq and over the administration's stance toward Iran.

Tensions have continued to rise in spite of what initially appeared to be good relations between the two world powers. But when Putin took to the national airwaves in Russia, addressing common citizens, Putin called the war in Iraq a "dead end," calling on Washington to set a deadline for the removal of all troops.

The Soviet war in Afghanistan during the 1980's has ofgten been called "Russia's Vietnam." Now it appears that the United States is fighting "Russia's Afghanistan" which ended in a defeat of Russian forces and complete pullout.

Putin says Iraq was invaded by the United States because of its oil wealth. Putin told people there during the telecast that they will not suffer the same fate.

The comments from Putin were quickly answered by the White House, which insists progress in Iraq is being made.

But Iraq is not the only thing this off and on ally of Bush criticized; saying that Washington's hard line position on Iran's nuclear power programme, saying Moscow's insistence on negotiations was better than "threats, sanctions or even force."

Putin also suggested that Russia is building another nuclear submarine and a "completely new" atomic weapon. It seems the cold war could be headed toward a complete revival over rogue U.S. policy on war that has left parts of the world in shambles.

Putin also met with Israel's Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, to discuss the Irania nuclear program that is backed by Russia. Putin's historic visit to Tehran this week marks the first visit of a major world power leader to the country since the 1940's.

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Skipper Osborne October 19, 2007 6:18 pm (Pacific time)

I am glad to see that President Putin have the guts to demand the U.S. to get out of Iraq. It is all about the oil folks, quit listening to President Bush's lies! President Bush is now dying to invade Iran, because to get the oil through or under the Caspian Sea is a quicker route than around Africa to get oil to the East Coast; and around Africa and Sout America to get oil to the West Coast refineries. Mr. President, all American citizens are not stupid!

Neal Feldman October 19, 2007 3:52 pm (Pacific time)

Reading through these comments most seem satirical more than serious (at least I HOPE they are not serious!) but it all boils down to the logical reactions by other nations to the sole remaining superpower going rogue as we have under Shrub. It is just one of the reasons to impeach Cheney and Bush... to restore in the eyes of the world faith that the USA population does NOT support the rogue warmongering exemplified by the Bush-Cheney regime. And it seems to me Israel can defend itself. Every time it has been attacked it has creamed its enemies and left them whining for years to have returned what they lost in war to Israel. In my opinion Israel has been foolish with their land for peace crap for now they don't have the land and still have no peace. It is similar to Franklin who said those who give up essential freedoms for a feeling of security deserve neither and will find themselves with neither. Israel will end up with no land and still no peace with this policy. The next rocket into Israel out of Gaza should be treated as an act of war and the Israeli army should move in full force and crush their enemy and retake Gaza. And make it clear they will NOT give it back anf any palestinians who don't like it can move to Egypt and cry their eyes out about their stupidity. I still have clear memory of the videos of palestinians after 9-11 cheering and firing off their rifles in support of the attacks. I was not a great supporter of the Palestinian position back then but they lost my support forever with those actions. Hope their little party was worth it because I am far from alone in my feelings on this point. Ah well...

monseur October 19, 2007 12:01 pm (Pacific time)

welcome to WW III

Michael Miles October 19, 2007 8:32 am (Pacific time)

As I a Canadian I am disgusted that we must fight a war we have NO BUSINESS being in. Bush has to be removed. If the limb offends thee then remove it. Any country that puts the worlds safety at risk should be destroyed.( U.S.A. Israel) Putins words are long overdue but I'm afraid that the only outcome of all this mess is WWIII. Nuclear Waste will be Planet Earth. The bible has warned us. Once we recognize the beast it will be too late. Oh, I believe Bin Laden is the Christ. The man knows what he wants and will do it all to accomplish his task. Removing Satan from power. It is said that Christ will come back as a lion and not as a lamb. Michael Miles Victoria B.C. Canada

Debra October 19, 2007 4:03 am (Pacific time)

TO ALL VOTING AMERICAN CITIZENS.....PLEASE GOOGLE RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT 2008. He is our only "peaceful" way out of this mess. I also suggest everyone exercise their 2nd Amendment rights while you still can. Yes, our rouge foreign policy is a disaster. The American people cry out to no avail....No one listens to the people anymore in the USA. I encourage all of you to join the Ron Paul REVOLUTION. Ron Paul is a big hit in over 22 nations. The main stream media has been doing their best to black him out.

GP October 18, 2007 11:34 pm (Pacific time)

It's debatable whether the US works for Israel or Israel works for the US. Israel is well represented in the US. It's not debatable that Bush should be impeached for numerous reasons. Only heaven knows why the Democrats don't go after him. Maybe because they don't want to risk the election. His offhand remarks about the fuss over Iran starting WWIII proves once more what a moron he is. Isn't it Ironic that Russia and Communist China will be the ones who will save us. Those who think Putin was a buddy of Bush's don't know the man. He's got more brains and political talent in his big toe than Bush has in his whole body. However, the real problems are much larger than all this. What the US governmnet is faced with is the end of oil and an economy driven by worthless consumption of products primarily made of oil products. The end is in sight and no one has an answer acceptable to corporate executives. Like instead of everyone trying to see how many new cars and toys they can buy, how about hiring twice as many teachers for our kids. Or how about agreeing to pay a little more in taxes to provide health care for kids so we don't have to put it on the backs of smokers. Are you kidding me?

George October 18, 2007 4:47 pm (Pacific time)

The president Bush must be impeached for crimes against US and the rest of the world. The sooner he will be impeached, the sooner he should face the charges for crimes against humanity. I agree, Israel is the one who benefits from all this mess, Israel's interest is to destroy any potential threat (Iraq, Iran ,Syria etc.)I agree ,people of America must do everything, not to allow the Israelis to destroy our country. First step is immediate impeachment of G.W. Bush and probe the US Congress.

Ed October 18, 2007 4:21 pm (Pacific time)

If Iran insists on having nukes, send them a few! If Russia has a problem with that send them a few also! It doesn't matter if the U.S. is destroyed...take Russia and Iran down also. If Putin wants to play big shot, if he wants some, here it is, come get some. Lets just do it!!

IvyK October 18, 2007 4:07 pm (Pacific time)

Sad, sad situation. The Petro Dollar MUST die, and for God sakes US Citizens, take your damn country back from the slave masters that have you all under their spell...remember "we the people"?

Vic October 18, 2007 3:54 pm (Pacific time)

I think it is not so much that Israel is our enemy as it is that Israelis have Israel's interest at heart, as they should. However, the whoring out of our politicians has turned us into a slave-state with our foreign and economic policies being fashioned in ways that are not in out best interests. People often say "Israel is our only friend in the middle East"..but before 1948, we did not have any enemies in the Middle East.. We need to treat all other countries evenly and not let religious zealots or "entangling alliances" harm our country. There is no reason why half of our foreign aid should go to a country that: Has free medical care for it's citizens (Arabs not included ) Has free college for it's citizens...and a higher per capita income than us. Aid should be for the needy , not those with the best lobby.

Henry Ruark October 18, 2007 3:02 pm (Pacific time)

Dan et al: Many will disagree with your rapid rap re Israel, and many will see U.S. policies as our own main enemy. When we should be moving rapidly towards real world peace, with cooperation among nations via the UN, and with clear development open for much wider democracy, where do we find ourselves ? Even more pertinently, WHY do we find ourselves where we definitely ARE...on the brink of another world struggle with weapons of such destructive capacity we may never see the light of another day if they are dropped or otherwise detonated, ANYwheres against ANYONE for ANY reason. Sorry if that seems to sound somewhat like "government OF the people, BY the people, FOR the people" --to which we should be returning SOON.

George Smith October 18, 2007 2:52 pm (Pacific time)

The Israelis should move to the US where they belong and would have after WW2 if America was not so prejudice against Jews then. It would be better for everyone just to move out of Israel and give the land back to Palestine. Then there would be no terrorist and we would have one dollar gas. Does Bush really think the world would fight for Israel or against it. Most would side against Israel and blame them for the high cost of oil. God would be pleased and our weather would improve.

DAN October 18, 2007 1:50 pm (Pacific time)

It should be obvious; Israel is America's #1 enemy. It is very likely that Israel was behind 9/11. Do not allow the Israelis to destroy the United States.

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