Why Russia is Funny

Russia is a caricature of itself. These guys weren't just opposing the action in Iraq, they were handing over the playbook. The notion--which seems to be uncritically embraced by plenty of war critics--that Europe's (or the part of Europe known "Germany, France, the little countries that hang out with them and their barrel-chested cousin, Russia") opposition to the Iraq invasion was all about principle is comedy and little else. I've known for a long time that Russia was intent on blocking the invasion because they were worried about not recovering their pre-war debts from Iraq. And I think that the Bush admin played it very badly. But THIS is just a clownshow.