Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Tuesday, October 12, 2004


Oh yeah, on the cover of one of the English language rags here in Kiev, there was a picture on the cover of a transposed image of one of the candidates for president here for the October 31 elections and Bush. The candidates name is Yushchenko and he is, for my opinion, the best choice...my wife agrees. The title of the picture was Bushchenko. The current administration of Leonid Kuchma, which is notoriously corrupt, is pushing for its own candidate (Yanukovych) to succeed Kuchma and is doing all in its considerable power to denigrate Yushchenko including saying that the fact that his wife is American should disqualify him and that he will break up Ukraine to make Americans happy, i.e., as a front against Russia, they are pushign the line that America wants to separate Ukraine into its more Ukrainian, western part and leave the more Russified, eastern part for Russia. Bush and his administration have said that Ukraine is a key partner and have held up Kuchma by not pursuing aggressively the fact that Ukrainian military equipment suppliers assisted Iraq with missile technology, small arms munitions, and an advanced radar system that can track 'stealth' aircraft (not 100% effective but better than most of what's out there). So, here is Bush's ally, denigrating America and Americans. Nice to know there's so much love to go around and that you can pick such good friends, Mr. Bush.

P.S. - The theme of Yanukovich's campaign posters and TV ads is "Because." That's a good reason to vote for the guy, eh? Because?!?!