Russia agreed today to provide fuel for an Iranian nuclear reactor and sought to assure a wary world that tough safeguards would prevent any diversion of the fuel to build weapons.Kevin Drum notes that either the private meeting between Putin and Bush didn't go well, or Bush told Putin he really doesn't care about Iran's nuclear program.
But the accord, vigorously opposed by the United States, carried a potential to undercut European-led efforts to curb the Iranian nuclear program, and it brought calls from some in Washington for a tougher stance on Russia.
It came only three days after President Bush, who has sharply denounced the Iranian program, expressed his trust in President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and joined with him in saying that Iran should not have nuclear weapons.
The White House had no immediate comment on the agreement, but lawmakers responded sharply.
The third option is that Putin just lied to Bush's face, and the Dope was too slow to realize it. Bush likes to tell us that when gazes lovingly into Putin's eyes he sees an honest man.
What a dope.