- The Washington Times - Friday, November 28, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Many thanks to President Dmitry Medvedev for writing about his priorities at the recent APEC summit (“Russia and the world economy,” Op-Ed, Nov. 21). It’s great to see him as a friend to open discourse. While his interests are vast in relation to Asia, I found his commitment to improve infrastructure with an eye on the future, and his full support of a “Eurasian Land Bridge,” to be exciting as it provides superb solutions to our own economic decay, and even what to do about the “Big Three” auto makers.

For example, the Senate was upset at the in-force union extortion gaining full payment for workers even when no cars are being produced. By taking direction from Mr. Medvedev, have them make Maglev train engines, wind turbines, and such. Then we get things of great value, we start to rebuild our failing infrastructure, we give more real, solid material value to the economy, and we create jobs and related services. (Crucially, if any of the Three still go under, Congress must pre-insure we get to keep the machine tools and all peripherals.)

Now, will The Washington Times admit that it was dead wrong about Russia invading South Ossetia? See the recent BBC piece in which reporters went to South Ossetia and interviewed hundreds of citizens - who all told the same story. Georgia invaded first on South Ossetia’s declaring for Moscow, with brutal bombing and many civilian deaths.

President Barack Obama can only act correctly if we make sure he is aware of the true situation, and especially to maximize a creative relation with Mr. Medvedev. Of course it’s not hard to admit the error, but what rubs is that it leads directly to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, President George Bush, and Vice President Dick Cheney errantly threatening Russia, which leads either to a CIA dysfunction or a willingness - somewhere - to warp the truth towards conflict or hegemony. A rather stark reminder of the WMD claims discredited by the CIA which yet somehow wound up justifying the Iraq invasion. Thus a show of grace from The Washington Times to Mr. Medvedev would be all the more sincere and valuable, because sometimes the best ones are painful.

PETER VELIS

Chevy Chase

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