Let no one say that our President does not lead by example. An aide to French President Nicolas Sarkozy disclosed that he got Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to pull back from Georgia by saying that he would end up looking like Bush. Putin who pledged to hang Georgia President Saakashvili by his balls, immediately conceded the point.
While Bush once said that he looked into Putin’s eyes and saw a good man and a friend, it appears that his greatest influence over Putin is that of a tragic wretch.
Jean-David Levitte, Mr Sarkozy’s chief diplomatic adviser, reported the exchange that the conversation occurred with Russian tanks only 30 miles from Tbilisi on August 12. Putin told Sarkozy that “I am going to hang Saakashvili by the balls. Sarkozy asked“Hang him?” and Putin said “Why not? The Americans hanged Saddam Hussein.”
Sarkozy’s response was “Yes but do you want to end up like [President] Bush?” Mr. Putin was briefly lost for words, then said: “Ah — you have scored a point there.”
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