I guess Western media has to fluff its numbers by playing the prediction game and forecasting gloom or sunshine on the horizon based on whatever latest signs--who's seen with whom, snippets of speeches, the future first lady's religious proclivities. But there is no need for divination. Here's the latest from Reuters:
But Putin said Medvedev, who was elected president in the March 2 election, was a Russian patriot who would defend the country's interests. "I do not think our partners will have it easier with him," Putin told reporters at a joint news briefing with [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel, who is on the first visit by a foreign leader since Medvedev was elected Russian president.You see, when media chumps make predictions, they are just that. When Vladimir Vladimirovich talks about the future... it's something else, I think. All you have to do is wait and listen.
By the way, for those who think that VVP has no soul, you might look at George Georgevich's recent veto of a bill that would outlaw waterboarding and other forms of torture. Wouldn't it be nice if one of the candidates out there in Americaland would have the guts to say that that man has no soul?
UPDATE: It has just come to my attention, via War and Piece, that the Washington Monthly has dedicated its latest number to the issue of torture. From the editors:
In most issues of the Washington Monthly, we favor articles that we hope will launch a debate. In this issue we seek to end one. The unifying message of the articles that follow is, simply, Stop. In the wake of September 11, the United States became a nation that practiced torture. Astonishingly—despite the repudiation of torture by experts and the revelations of Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib—we remain one. As we go to press, President George W. Bush stands poised to veto a measure that would end all use of torture by the United States. His move, we suspect, will provoke only limited outcry. What once was shocking is now ordinary.
Entire issue available as pdf.