From Condi's Mouth To Bush's Ear
The same day, while on a visit to Australia, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed concern over the "centralization of power in theTip-o-the-Hat to Leslie of In an Alternate Universe for finding this.
KremlinWhite House" and spoke about the danger that "by its very existence, a presidency that is strong without countervailing institutions can be subverted, can subvert democracy".
Rice, speaking to a town-hall audience in Sydney, saw "a very difficult and shaky path" right now for
RussianAmerican democracy, and expressed the hope that the RussianAmerican people "will find their voice to demand accountable, transparent institutions and to demand the ability to organize themselves to petition their government and, if necessary, to change their government".
Condi in 2008!
Only in his dreams.
OK Nagin. Rex needs to be bitch slapped around a bit.
...if Putin himself is at the peak of his presidential power, that is also largely due to his immense popularity among Russia's population based on a successful track record of his presidency that brought the country economic prosperity, much-needed political stability and foreign-policy achievements.
To be sure, the Russian economy has significantly recovered in recent years, registering budgetary surpluses for five consecutive years; Russia has built up foreign-currency reserves of US$180 billion; it has been able to make its debt repayments ahead of schedule; the Russian economy has begun integrating into the world economy.
Surpluses and debt repayment? Now there's a interesting twist on the end of the Cold War. Russia turns the tables and gets us to spend ourselves into the ground to secure energy reserves much in the way we forced the Soviet Union to spend itself into the ground.
Well you gotta admit Condi is transparent.
Is that because she's a GIF and not a JPG?
Wondering if their main complaint is in insufficient blatancy or heavy-handedness.
Not at all like American democracy. More like 1950's blatancy and heavy-handedness. No wonder the Bush admin is upset.
You're not supposed to rig an election without better PR than that.
Or at least the opportunity to sell Diebold machines to the likely victor.