Russian PM Vladamir Putin wanted the tanks in Georgia to roll to the capital and ‘hang Saakashvili by the balls’ but was talked out of it by French president Nicolas Sarkozy because that would make him like George Bush.
Mr Putin told him: “I want to hang Saakashvili by the balls.”
“Hang him?” a startled Mr Sarkozy interjected.
“Why not,” Mr Putin replied. “The Americans hanged Saddam Hussein.”
“But do you want to end up like [George W.] Bush?” Mr Sarkozy asked.
Mr Putin apparently paused, and said: “Ah, there you have a point.”