Gorbachev: 'Bush admin can not read the changing world'

Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev criticized Bush, saying US 'winner complex' is the root of many of the world's problems.

Gorbachev: 'Bush admin can not read the changing world'
Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev criticized the United States, and current President George W. Bush in particular, on Friday for sowing disorder across the world by seeking to build an empire.

Gorbachev, who presided over the break-up of the Soviet Union, said Washington had sought to build an empire after the Cold War ended but had failed to understand the changing world.

"The Americans then gave birth to the idea of a new empire, world leadership by a single power, and what followed?" Gorbachev asked reporters at a news conference in Moscow.

"What has followed are unilateral actions, what has followed are wars, what has followed is ignoring the U.N. Security Council, ignoring international law and ignoring the will of the people, even the American people."

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Bush say they are friends but ties have been strained by U.S. plans for a missile defense shield in Europe, disagreements over Kosovo and the war in Iraq, and competition for allies in the former Soviet Union.

"When I look at today's world I have a worrying feeling about the growth of world disorder," he said.

"I don't think the current president of the United States and his administration will be able to change the situation as it is developing now -- it is very dangerous," he said.

Gorbachev said Russia's hopes of building stronger ties with Washington had waned in the face of a series of U.S. administrations interested in building an empire.

"It is a massive strategic mistake: no single centre can command the entire world, no one," he said. "Current America has made so many mistakes."

He said the U.S. administration was apparently unable to adapt to a swiftly changing world and had ignored -- or was unable to see -- the rise of Brazil, Russia, India and China as economic heavyweights.

"US has winner complex"

Also Gorbachev said that he supports Russian President Vladimir Putin in his opposition to the proposed US missile defence system in Eastern Europe and added that the US 'winner complex' is the root of many of the world's problems.

Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Union and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said of Putin: 'I think he is behaving correctly and acting in accordance with the constitution.' He said Putin's policies showed he was no 'lame duck.'

Earlier this month Putin signed a decree suspending the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE).

The CFE Treaty, signed in 1991 and updated in 1999, regulates the number of armed forces and combat vehicles, aircraft or tanks between NATO and the former Warsaw Pact states by a system of mutual information and inspection.

Gorbachev said the failure of NATO countries to ratify the updated 1999 version of the treaty was 'not constructive.' So far only Russia, Belarus and Ukraine have ratified it.

Speaking of the US, the 76-year-old said the country has a 'winner complex': 'The Americans must always be the winner. This sickness is the main reason there are so many problems in the world.'


Reuters, DPA
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i remember that rahmetli Khomeini -not everybody knows him well- wrote a letter to invite Gorbachev to Islam...he didn't respond that time...might he reckon it now?