"Bush's white lie about Putin." That's the headline of this story about Bush's meeting with Putin in Kennebunkport. And that's what I hate most about contemporary politics: Bush appeases Putin by saying that he believes that Putin tells the truth. Certainly, Bush has complex geopolitical issues to deal with regarding Russia, but he could simply refrain from commenting on Putin's veracity--a comment that must be seen by everyone, including Putin, as assinine.
As Ayn Rand said, evil wins only because the good allows it to do so. When Bush compromises with Putin this way, Putin wins by gaining a stature that only Bush can give him.