May 11, 2009
Clearly having thought this an issue of extreme importance which must be fully pondered before analysis was offered to the ER readership, I have finally decided to address the latest roadbump in U.S.-Russian relations. I am referring, of course, to Mel Gibson's shocking divorce and revelation (not so shocking) of a girlfriend, one Ms. Oksana Grigorieva.
If Gibson hadn't been raised in Australia and already shown himself to be a real tool, I might've said that this was another step in a grand Russian scheme to discredit the U.S. In which case, man has this backfired, take him.... please.
After much consideration, however, I've decided that this development (which seemed to receive more coverage than the commencement of high level U.S.-Russian disarmament talks) is really an early olive branch for the U.S. A first sacrifice as a sign of good faith in renewed negotiations, minus that stuff going on in Central Asia and, oh yeah, expulsion of this and that diplomat.
Either that or we believe that Mel is such a hot commodity in Russia that the two other women who came forward claiming to be bearing his love-child were sincere....nah!