So now, Putin (whatever happened to Medvedev?) is asking the West to please try and understand his plight and realise just how stuck Russia is between a rock and a hard place. This would be pathetic, and possibly plausible, if it were not coming out of the mouth of the KGB. Today's NYT reports "For three and a half hours on Thursday, in tones that were alternately pugilistic and needy, Vladimir V. Putin tried to explain himself.......“What else could we do?” the Interfax news agency reported him as saying. “Do you think we should have wiped the bloody snot away and hung our heads?”
And check out this headline in the Mail & Guardian: "Medvedev likens Georgia attack to 9/11"
The Putin Playbook is so eerily similar to the Rove Playbook, it gives me the heebie-jeebies.