RUSSIA AND IRAN….From the New York Times today:

Russia agreed today to provide fuel for an Iranian nuclear reactor and sought to assure a wary world that tough safeguards would prevent any diversion of the fuel to build weapons.

….It came only three days after President Bush, who has sharply denounced the Iranian program, expressed his trust in President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and joined with him in saying that Iran should not have nuclear weapons.

Either (a) that private mini-summit between Bush and Putin didn’t go well at all, or (b) Bush privately told Putin he didn’t really care much about this. Neither alternative is all that comforting.