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.