June 8, 2007


Putin Offers to Join Missile Shield Effort: G-8 Leaders Back Bush Plan on Emissions (Michael A. Fletcher, 6/08/07, Washington Post)

After days of escalating rhetoric about missile defense, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise offer to President Bush on Thursday, proposing that Russia join with the United States and some of its European allies to operate a shield intended against missile threats from Iran.

Meeting with Bush during the summit of the Group of Eight industrialized nations, Putin suggested that a Soviet-era radar installation that Russia operates in the Caspian Sea country of Azerbaijan could feed real-time data into the planned system.

Bush afterward described Putin's offer as "interesting" -- the United States has been pressing Russia to take part in such a system since the 1990s. Both presidents said Russian and U.S. military and diplomatic officials would meet to discuss the idea further.

Putin's gesture came as leaders from European countries and Japan backed down from proposals that the summit endorse specific cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. They embraced Bush's proposal to instead put in motion a process toward unspecified "substantial cuts" in emissions that scientists blame for global warming.

Okay, we're just too far into the Bush era for these guys to still be surprised that his intransigence forces others to adjust to him.

Bush a Shrewd Diplomat on Global Warming (Kimberley Strassel, 6/08/07, Real Clear Politics)

Just call him George W. Bush, star international diplomat. Don't snicker, don't spit out your coffee. Instead, read over the final document on climate change released yesterday by the Group of Eight. [...]

Don't expect anyone to admit it. When Mr. Bush unveiled his new climate framework last week, calling on the world's powers to reduce greenhouse emissions, it was portrayed as a capitulation. He'd removed the last "obstacle" to world unity on this issue, and seen the error of his ways. At this week's Democratic presidential debate, every candidate vowed to fix the damage Mr. Bush had done to America's international reputation, his Kyoto failure the obvious example.

There's been a capitulation on global warming, but it hasn't happened in the Oval Office. The Kyoto cheerleaders at the United Nations and the European Union are realizing their government-run experiment in climate control is a mess, one that's incidentally failed to reduce carbon emissions. They've also understood that if they want the biggest players on board--the U.S., China, India--they need an approach that balances economic growth with feel-good environmentalism. Yesterday's G-8 agreement acknowledged those realities and tolled Kyoto's death knell. Mr. Bush, 1; sanctimonious greens, 0.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 8, 2007 8:21 AM

Putin would like us to put our technology in his backyard to protect his assets. This is his alternative to pointing missles at Europe because we deploy a defensive system. (Makes sense to me) Bush is considering it. Wouldn't it be better business to just sell them the system? Bush has sold just about everything else out from under US.

Posted by: LastRealAmerican at June 8, 2007 8:46 AM

Those who think that dialogue is a synonym for negotiating will always be surprised.

Posted by: Steve at June 8, 2007 8:50 AM

That redefinition of sovereignty is coming along nicely.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 8, 2007 10:05 AM

Why not offer to not install the shield if Russia agrees to stop its support of Iran's weapon systems, particularly nuclear.

The shield seems to leave Israel out of the picture, unless we have something significant going with them on their defenses.

Posted by: Genecis at June 8, 2007 12:00 PM

Reagan's original proposal (share it with them) ...

Posted by: Qiao Yang at June 8, 2007 12:11 PM

A brilliant idea Q.

Posted by: erp at June 8, 2007 1:13 PM