Pissing off the Russians

From Holden:

The Russians are none too pleased with the Bush administration for pinning one of Chimpy’s many failures on them:

Russia summoned a U.S. diplomat to protest at a Pentagon claim that Russian soldiers spirited away hundreds of tons of explosives from a site in Iraq just before the U.S. invasion, Interfax news agency said on Friday.


In a Washington Times story this week, Pentagon official John Shaw pointed the finger at Russian special forces, saying they had moved many of Iraq’s weapons into Syria in the weeks before the March 2003 invasion.

“The Russian Ministry of Defense summoned the U.S. military attache in Moscow to express a resolute protest in connection with the comments by John Shaw,” Interfax quoted an anonymous source at a Russian defense agency as saying.

A spokesman at the U.S. embassy in Moscow confirmed that a member of the embassy’s defense staff had been “called in,” but denied it was the chief military attache and declined to say what had been discussed at the meeting.

Russia’s Defense Ministry dismissed the allegation that there had been any Russian involvement in the disappearance of the explosives in Iraq.

“You can’t really take statements like this as anything but far-fetched rubbish,” said spokesman Vyacheslav Sedov.