Friday, March 24, 2006

The Russian double cross

This doesn't really surprise me:
The Russian government collected intelligence from sources inside the American military command as the U.S. mounted the invasion of Iraq, and the Russians fed information to Saddam Hussein on troop movements and plans, according to Iraqi documents cited in a Pentagon report released Friday.

The Russians relayed information to Saddam during the opening days of the war in late March and early April 2003, including a crucial time before the ground assault on Baghdad, according to the documents.

Yeah, we had a period during the Boris Yeltsin era when we felt all warm and squishy towards Russia, but they were never really our friend (and I really hate using the term "friend" in re international relations). You can count on a few things in life-death, taxes, and Russia playing on both sides of the fence, whatever fence that may be. Don't ever think for a moment that Russia is a reliable ally in anything unless Russia's survival is on the line. And even then, watch your back.

(HT: Backyard Conservative)

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