"I (Bush) talked about my desire to promote institutional change in parts of the world like Iraq where there's a free press and free religion, and I told him that a lot of people in our country would hope that Russia would do the same thing," Bush said.
Putin replied: "We certainly would not want to have the same kind of democracy as they have in Iraq, I can tell you quite honestly."
"Just wait," Bush said after Putin's remarks were translated into English.
If it isn't bad enough that Bush insultingly lectured his host, he suggested that he turn his country into another Iraq. Russia has its problems, of course. Being governed by a fool and world-historical embarrassment isn't one of them. That's our burden.