I wonder if, when Mr. Bush looked into Mr. Putin’s eyes and saw an ally, he also saw this:
Russia provided Saddam Hussein with intelligence on US military moves in the opening days of the US-led invasion in 2003, a Pentagon report has said. Russia passed the details through its Baghdad ambassador, the report said. Russia has not commented on the claim.
One piece of intelligence passed on was false, and in fact helped a key US deception effort, the report concluded.
The report also quoted an Iraqi memo which mentioned Russian “sources” at the US military headquarters in Qatar.
So, is Russia next in Bush’s sights?
Or will he determine, finally, that the world is more complex and treacherous than his world view allows?