“A gas station masquerading as a country”

Senator McCain speaking:

Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country… It’s kleptocracy, it’s corruption. It’s a nation that’s really only dependent upon oil and gas for their economy. And so economic sanctions are important. Get some military assistance to Ukrainians, at least so they can defend themselves. Resume the missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. Look at Moldova and Georgia, both of whom are occupied by Russian troops as we speak, a path toward membership in NATO.

Sometimes I wonder if all NATO has to do is parachute a special forces unit to Moscow* to arrest Putin and a few of his hardcore lieutenants and seize the broadcasting towers. Russians will happily kowtow to the new president as ordered by their TV sets.

*Or Sochi, where the little man has recently relocated.

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