AS SPOKESMAN FOR THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT, NICHOlas Burns has had a lot to say recently about Russia, and his comments haven't always seemed to add up. First he says we do, and then we don't.

Two weeks ago, when Communist Party chief Gennadi Zyuganov launched his campaign for the presidency, Burns made this comment to Time: "I think that Zyuganov is fooling the Russian people. His economics are fake. They would send Russia down the tubes to ruin." Burns has made a number of similar statements about Zyuganov, and has praised Boris Yeltsin. Yet he also claims that the State...

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