Interested in Language
From The Rise of the Putin Doctrine | Print Article | Newsweek.com
Consider the text below.
True, Georgia's Mikheil Saakashvili is not a very smart president. A pro would not have walked into the trap the Russians and their local thug-in-chief (a.k.a. "president"), Eduard Kokoity, had set up in South Ossetia.
Is the author calling Eduard Kokoity a thug?
Afterthought: the suffix '-in-chief' has many analogues. Almost anyone who has a high-ranking role - often temporary and/or based on expediency - can be a '<something>-in chief'.