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February 26, 2003

Russia is on board

Everybody is getting in line

This is what the Moscow Times had to say under the title Walking a Fine Line to Drive a Hard Bargain
But the worry is that Russia will ruin its new relationship with the United States and get nothing in return.

Most likely we are seeing the hand of the old guard in the military and foreign policy establishment at work. They are still smoldering from Putin's turn toward the United States after Sept. 11 and want revenge.

They may be tantalizing him with the prospect of a Franco-German-Russian alliance that could act as a counterweight to the United States. But does anyone really think the French and Germans will risk a permanent split with Washington? And does Putin really have that much to gain by courting aging generals and foreign policy wonks?
They are not crazy.