Thursday, May 04, 2006

From the front page of today's Times,

MOSCOW, May 4 — Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday delivered the Bush administration's strongest rebuke of Russia to date. He said the Russian government "unfairly and improperly restricted" people's rights and suggested that it sought to undermine its neighbors and to use the country's vast resources of oil and gas as "tools of intimidation or blackmail."

Vice President Dick Cheney delivered a rebuke of Russia in a speech before European leaders in Lithuania's capital, Vilnius.

"In many areas of civil society — from religion and the news media, to advocacy groups and political parties — the government has unfairly and improperly restricted the rights of her people," Mr. Cheney said in a speech to European leaders in Lithuania's capital, Vilnius. "Other actions by the Russian government have been counterproductive, and could begin to affect relations with other countries."
I'm broadly in agreement. But every time I read about something like this, I can't help but think that it would sound a lot more convincing is Guantanamo, America's extraordinary renditions program, etc, didn't exist.


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