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Putin: Crazy, or Just an Idiot?

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September 03, 2008 – Comments (9)

Or worse.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said he suspects that U.S. agents provoked last month's brief war in Georgia.

The Kremlin's Exhibit A? Russian soldiers say they found a passport belonging to Michael Lee White, a U.S. Army veteran from Texas, in an outpost used by Georgian special forces last month to attack pro-Russian separatists. On Thursday in Moscow, military spokesman Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn brandished a blowup of the passport at a news conference and declared that Mr. White's presence on the battlefield "together with Georgian commandos is a fact."

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Tuesday, he answered the door at his spartan faculty apartment at the Guangdong University of Business Studies wearing flip-flops. He says he's never been to Georgia.

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The passport the Russians showed off last week does appear to have been Mr. White's. He says it looks to be the one he accidentally left in the seat pocket of a Moscow-New York flight in October 2005. "It seems probable that some Russian person on the flight picked it up," says Mr. White.

The U.S. State Department confirms Mr. White reported the passport missing in 2005 and that it was canceled. Mr. White was issued a new U.S. passport that year, and another in 2008, both of which he showed a reporter.

Mr. White in Texas

Mr. White says that, back in early August, when fighting in the Georgian province of South Ossetia intensified and Russian troops moved into Georgia in force, he was in Austin, Texas, helping to care for his 85-year-old father, who suffered a stroke in the spring. Mr. White's brother, reached by phone in Austin, confirms that account.

9 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On September 03, 2008 at 7:01 PM, Imperial1964 (97.92) wrote:

Truth is the first casualty of war.

I bet the Russians held onto that passport for years just waiting for a chance to use it as false evidence.

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#2) On September 03, 2008 at 7:20 PM, paladin65 (53.52) wrote:

It doesn't really matter, when is everyone going to figure out that Russia is looking for a means to an end?  Energy, energy and energy.

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#3) On September 03, 2008 at 8:51 PM, EScroogeJr (< 20) wrote:

He just believes his own lies, like everyone else from his KGB, which is particularly easy to do once you have shut down every paper that publishes info you don't want to read. These are drug dealers who are high.

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#4) On September 03, 2008 at 8:56 PM, Tastylunch (29.54) wrote:

Crazy......

like a fox

I believe his bellicose nature of late is a bluff he knows we can't call. 

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#5) On September 03, 2008 at 9:25 PM, kimonye (64.80) wrote:

He is a spy.Why have so many passports renewals in just five years .

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#6) On September 04, 2008 at 11:37 AM, ByrneShill (75.72) wrote:

A governement making stuff up to convince its population of the necessity to invade another, much smaller and less armed country? Never heard of that before.

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#7) On September 04, 2008 at 11:42 AM, ByrneShill (75.72) wrote:

A governement making stuff up to convince its population of the necessity to invade another, much smaller and less armed country? Never heard of that before.

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#8) On September 04, 2008 at 5:01 PM, LordZ wrote:

Putins been mixing his vodka with anti freeze again.

 

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#9) On September 05, 2008 at 12:09 PM, FleaBagger (29.47) wrote:

Tastylunch is right.

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