Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Feeling Distinctively Uncomfortable with Putin’s Visit to Iran

There seems very sinister about Putin, President of a newly resurgent Russia, visiting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of a newly resurgent Iran, in what once was called Persia, about their current Nuclear Arms programme.

(Sasha Baron Cohen famously quipped that Borat was unavailable for comment on receiving a prestigious award as he was at the Holocaust Denial Conference in Tehran. Cohen went on to say that he had tried to call the President of Kazakhstan to tell him the news but that both
lines were engaged.)

It's not perhaps surprising that they should meet, only unsettling that they are. Somehow I feel that the visit will be more than ceremonial.

Rumsfield's Credit Card Bounces

The credit card, a Fort Knox Executive Club Visa granted to the U.S. during the Clinton Administration, had an assigned $300 million credit line. When the country accrued a balance approaching the limit in 1995, the credit-card company awarded the U.S. additional credit. According to a Visa representative who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the company granted extensions 14 times since then, but as of Monday, the card had never been rejected outright.


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