Given the recent revelations of Saddam's personal bodyguard about underground chemical weapon sites and the discovery of unfilled chemical artillery warheads I think the US did "put up" Iraq will be transformed into a member of the civilized world once Saddam is gone.
One hopes Russia will realize this portion of the global Islamic mess has to be dealt with sooner and not later and assist the USA. Politics need to be set aside so that civilized nations can rid the world of barbaric radical Islamists.
The US is much more sympathetic toward Russia in her dealings in Chechnya since 9/11.
Very truly yours, Duncan Jones
After WWII, the Soviet army left Austria, and the latter had always remained a neutral state and never joined NATO
Russia experienced default on August 17, 1998. Today, 20 years after those events, the economic situation in Russia does not seem stable to many