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  1. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 2 years ago

    Another cheap shot at hobbyist painters? The Darth Vader depiction is good, though.

  2. Stipple

    Stipple said, about 2 years ago

    The cheap shot is about refusing to forgive, nothing against painters in general.

  3. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Bush puts paint onto canvas
    Putin is redrawing the lines of history.

  4. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, about 2 years ago

    “Refusing to forgive”. Forgive what?

  5. Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!"

    Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!" GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    No cheap shots at all.

    One needs only go back to Bush’s comment about looking into Putin’s soul. Here you would have what Bush painting how he “saw” Putin versus how Putin sees himself.


    Here;s the Bush statement.
    “I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straight forward and trustworthy and we had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul. He’s a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country and I appreciate very much the frank dialogue and that’s the beginning of a very constructive relationship.”
    (Emphasis added)


    Remember that this was 2001, when Bush had been in office for 5 months. And that he had no foreign policy experience. Going up against a former KGB guy. Russia was not as strong then as now. Bush saw what Putin wanted him to see then. Now, he projects differently. Years of power and a stronger Russia.

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 2 years ago

    “Here;s the Bush statement.”

    If you look at that statement in the sense of the Chinese “May you live in interesting times.”, there is nothing complimentary in that statement. In fact, it could be interpreted as a veiled warning.

  7. Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!"

    Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!" GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @mikefive

    Umm, that’s going to some mental contortions to conclude that.
    Were it not for the “straightforward and trustworthy” part, it could pass as usual diplomatic speak nothing much at all very blandly bolierplate,

  8. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @mikefive

    “f you look at that statement in the sense of the Chinese “May you live in interesting times.”, there is nothing complimentary in that statement. In fact, it could be interpreted as a veiled warning.”

    Bush made those remarks in direct response to a reporter asking if Putin could be trusted. I think Bush believed he & Putin could work together the way Reagan & Gorbachev did. Those comments date to 2001. By the end of his term, I suspect Bush regretted those words & his trust.

  9. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!"

    “Remember that this was 2001, when Bush had been in office for 5 months. And that he had no foreign policy experience. Going up against a former KGB guy. Russia was not as strong then as now. Bush saw what Putin wanted him to see then. Now, he projects differently. Years of power and a stronger Russia.”

    Bush was the son of a former CIA chief. I don’t buy the arguments that he was ignorant or foolish. He did hold some highly flawed assumptions about the fact that even a sole Superpower has real limitations on the global stage, but they are shared by a lot of highly educated, experienced, ‘smart’ people. Many of whom, happen to be well paid by companies that benefit from our overseas meddling.

  10. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 2 years ago

    “I don’t think Bush could construct a veiled warning, even given a month to think on the subject.”

    Personal opinion does not always equal reality. The stupid do not make it through flight school.

  11. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    The dark side found a coalition of the willing in the Bush admin.

  12. Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!"

    Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!" GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @Uncle Joe

    There is a difference between theory and practice. W may have been the son of a CIA director, but what actual experience did he have on the international level? Maybe as Governor of Texas, he did some deals with Mexico? I’m sure he received a lot of briefings from the CIA about Putin. But like any POTUS, he made his own judgements.

  13. Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!"

    Baslim the beggar hears from They Who Must Be Obeyed, "Explanations! What Explanations? We don' gotta explain nothin!" GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Interestingly, I came across this picture of Putin from March 2000. So maybe the show of landing in a fighter on a carrier was just W trying to one-up Putin.

  14. mrs1wing

    mrs1wing GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @mikefive

    That Chinese statement is considered a curse.

  15. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 2 years ago

    @mrs1wing

    “That Chinese statement is considered a curse.

    I’m fully aware of that. That’s why I referenced it.

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