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Peacetrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:32 PM
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Russia Ready To Cooperate With U.S. On Afghanistan (This is huge)
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 02:19 PM by peacetrain
MOSCOW President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that Moscow is ready to help stabilize the situation in Afghanistan by allowing the United States and others to cross Russian territory with cargo intended for coalition forces in the war-wracked nation.

Medvedev said that Russia also is prepared to help international efforts to combat drug-trafficking and terrorism in Afghanistan.

During his visit Friday to Afghanistan's neighbor Uzbekistan, Medvedev voiced hope that Barack Obama's administration will do better than its predecessors in stabilizing Afghanistan.

"Let's hope the new U.S. administration will be more successful than the previous one in dealing with the Afghan settlement," Medvedev said on television.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:42 PM
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1. Wow, awesome news.
:thumbsup:

Whatever else, it's nice to see countries responding to Obama's words.

I think things are going to turn around spectacularly if this momentum is maintained.
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Peacetrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:59 PM
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2. The thing that amazes me, is how little press this is getting!
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hileeopnyn8d Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:05 PM
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4. oh, come on
You're not really amazed how little press this is getting, are you?

Thanks for the link, it's encouraging.

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Peacetrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:07 PM
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6. actually I am surprised at how little press it is getting
:hi:
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hileeopnyn8d Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:26 PM
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11. I guess I'm not
because it isn't sexy, there's little they can do to make the headline deceptive, which seems to be the driving force in media these days.

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tsuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:42 PM
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13. But what was Medvedev wearing? Did it translate well to video? Was
it affordable? What message is he sending?

Think if we ask those questions the jackals would report it?
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DCBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:01 PM
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3. Holy crap. Wonder what they are up to?
It is hard to trust the Russians on anything but this could be an opening.
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Peacetrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:09 PM
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7. This was on the back page of my local newspaper..
this is huge, but my newspaper is a conservative paper, and the last thing they want to report is Obama being successful in international affairs, especially settling the Afghanistan mess.

Obama ran on getting Bin Laden and clearing out of the middle east.
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Condem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 04:24 PM
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24. Is that the Upper Afghanistan Gazette, peace?
Usually, very timely stories. Well done.
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Peacetrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:07 PM
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5. Delete...response in wrong place
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 02:09 PM by peacetrain
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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:10 PM
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8. Shouldn't this thread be on the greatest page by now?
This is awesome news and it has a lot to do with the kind of vibes our new president is sending out, peaceful vibes.
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Peacetrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:21 PM
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9. It is jaw dropping.. I keep listening to the media, thinking they will have something more on it
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:26 PM
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10. more...
~
Gen. David Petraeus said Tuesday that America had struck deals with Russia and several Central Asian states close to or bordering Afghanistan during a tour of the region in the past week...
~
http://www.startribune.com/world/38214224.html
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alsame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:39 PM
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12. It is in the best interest of the world - not to mention the immediate
region - that Afghanistan be stabilized. Hopefully, President Obama will be able to garner lots of international support and assistance.
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Peacetrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 03:43 PM
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15. That is one of the first things that crossed my mind.. if we could
even begin to stabilize Afghanistan, the international community would really step in, and help that part of the world.
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alsame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:08 PM
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17. I hope other nations took him seriously when he talked about
building up rather than destroying...that would make them more inclined to join in the effort and have a truly international coalition, this time for peace and stability instead of war.
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Optical.Catalyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:23 PM
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18. Opportunities like this one occur rarely
President Obama should quickly enter into negotiations with Russia and push this forward. We desperately need a second ground supply line into Afghanistan. Right now, the Pakistanis and Al Qaeda have us in a vice on the present truck routes.

With expert diplomacy from the State Department, the United States can improve the situation in Afghanistan while shoring up the frayed relationship with Russia. It would be an excellent feather for President Obama to put in his cap.
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alsame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:52 PM
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20. I absolutely agree. eom
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Peacetrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:07 PM
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22. The people we have in place now, may actually be able to turn
around the mess that Bush and his people made.
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lib2DaBone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 03:16 PM
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14. Awesome news. Just don't let AP get a hold of the story....
Here is how the AP Headline will read:

"Obama Fails To Reach Agreement With Russia on Afghanistan. John Cornyn Calls for Investigation"
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 03:51 PM
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16. I would actually expect nothing else from those clinging to
the ways of the past, while advocating that we don't look at the past.

And yes, AP sucks big time.
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democracy1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:31 PM
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19. K & R
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:00 PM
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21. Looks like Obama is turning away from the neocon wet dream of re-hashing the cold war
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Peacetrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 02:26 PM
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23. Oh they will try and find a way to rear their ugly heads again..
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anonymous171 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 04:26 PM
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25. Holy fucking shit! See what happens when you are willing to cooperate and negotiate!
You make friends instead of enemies.
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