Putin embarrassed to be Bush-like

Sarkozy meets Putin to discuss the crisis in Georgia back in August. Sarkozy tells Putin that the world will not accept any overthrow of Georgia’s Government. Putin is apparently massively unimpressed.

Putin: “I am going to hang Saakashvili by the balls.”

Sarkozy (in disbelief): “Hang him?”

Putin: “Why not? The Americans hanged Saddam Hussein.”

Sarkozy: “Yes but do you want to end up like Bush?”

Putin (briefly lost for words) [pause] “Ah — you have scored a point there.”

(Thanks to Mark Bernstein for putting me onto the original Times article).

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