Putin to Bush: My dog is 'Bigger, stronger, faster' than yours

World leaders, they're just like us... only more petty and childish apparently. Reuters pulls this tidbit out of former President George W. Bush's forthcoming book, Decision Points: 

Bush says he had introduced then-Russian President Putin to his Scottish terrier, Barney, on a visit to the U.S. presidential retreat, Camp David.

Putin returned the favor when Bush visited Russia and Putin was giving him a tour of the grounds of his dacha.

"A big black Labrador came charging across the lawn. With a twinkle in his eye, Vladimir said, 'Bigger, stronger, faster than Barney,'" Bush writes. A copy of the book was obtained by Reuters.

Bush says he later told the story to the Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, who replied: "You're lucky he only showed you his dog."

Putin actually seems not to have done his homework here. Bush, who made his White House staff star in a series of truly painful Christmas videos starring Barney and Miss Beazley, clearly wasn't embarrassed by his dogs. The old labrador retriever trick worked like a charm on Angela Merkel, but to really freak out Bush, Putin should have proposed a horseback ride.

Update: It seems FP's Preeti Aroon was all over this story way back in 2007. 

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This week's other mail bomb plot

It's been barely covered in the U.S. this week, but Greece decided today to temporarily suspend international mail leaving the country after a string of mail bombing attempts

 On Monday, several homemade bombs concealed in hollowed-out books arrived in the mail at several embassies in the Greek capital. Another explosive device was discovered addressed to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

On Tuesday, officials found more parcel bombs bound for embassies in Athens. In the afternoon, the mailroom at the German Chancellery in Berlin was closed after a package bomb addressed to Chancellor Angela Merkel was discovered there. Officials found the explosive device during a routine check and quickly rendered it harmless.

On Tuesday evening, two further packages -- one addressed to the European police body Europol and a second bound for the European Court of Justice -- were found and destroyed at the Athens airport.

Greek authorities have ruled out al Qaeda involvement and say  the plot is more likely the work of Greek leftist extremists -- which often have amazing names like Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire.

Is there enough evidence from this past week to suggest that mail bombing is not a particularly effective form of terrorism in the 21st century?