Remember in 2000 .......When Putin came to power? Just a year later 9-11 had the U.S. In shock. China was utterly silent about it. Putin actually came to the U.S.
"Putin's pro-American plan was not simply tactical. Putin's policies of support after September 11, including his agreement to an American military presence in Central Asia, represented a significant shift in Russian foreign policy. The potential for breakthrough - for a fundamentally new and improved relationship between Russia and the West - has never been greater"
"One notable moment in the Putin charm campaign came in November 2001 in rural Crawford, Texas, a tiny town in the center of the state with a population back then of 705 residents. Count President George W. Bush among them. He owned a ranch just outside of town — he'd named the property Prairie Chapel — and he and first lady Laura Bush had invited the Russian leader and his wife Lyudmila to spend the night.
There was work for the two leaders — recall that this was just two months after the terror attacks of 9/11 — with discussion of global threats and how the United States and Russia could work together to fight terrorism".
George Bush " I looked in his eyes and I could tell he was a good man!"
Six years later the new, improved Putin had this to say about the our financial crisis and near collapse.
"The world will never trust the U.S. again."