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November 14, 2008

The Art of Diplomacy

By: Bernard Chazelle

Kaiser Sarkoko, aka President Nicolas Sarkozy, saved our Georgian buddy Saak-the-Bootlicker from being hanged “by the balls.”

With Russian tanks only 30 miles from Tbilisi on August 12, Mr Sarkozy told Mr Putin that the world would not accept the overthrow of Georgia’s Government. According to Mr Levitte, the Russian seemed unconcerned by international reaction. “I am going to hang Saakashvili by the balls,” Mr Putin declared.

Mr Sarkozy thought he had misheard. “Hang him?” — he asked. “Why not?” Mr Putin replied. “The Americans hanged Saddam Hussein.”

Mr Sarkozy, using the familiar tu, tried to reason with him: “Yes but do you want to end up like Bush?” Mr Putin was briefly lost for words, then said: “Ah — you have scored a point there.”

via tdd

— Bernard Chazelle

Posted at November 14, 2008 08:51 PM

This is by far my favorite story of the inter-regnum: the Chimp's name becoming an expression of obloquy: Hey, man, don't be a fucking Bush!

Posted by: woody at November 14, 2008 10:43 PM

Were it only true, Bernard.

Posted by: RICH at November 15, 2008 02:14 AM

Talk about smooth!

Posted by: En Ming Hee at November 15, 2008 08:34 AM

What's with these male politicians obsessed with a part of male anatomy? First in July, Jesse Jackson wants to get to Obama's, then Putin in August, trying to get at Saakashvili's. May be somebody can get to John Bolton's?

Posted by: Rupa Shah at November 15, 2008 10:13 AM

My first wife got mine, they're still hanging on the mantle.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at November 15, 2008 11:05 AM

Wait, why did you pass up the obvious Usual Suspects reference? The names work so well - Kaiser Soze, Kaiser Sarkozy.

Posted by: saurabh at November 15, 2008 04:17 PM

Maybe Sarko did save Saak's balls, but the damage has been done already:

Posted by: abb1 at November 15, 2008 05:03 PM