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    Post heir local thug-in-chief

    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?

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    Re: heir local thug-in-chief

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    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?
    And also they're suggesting that the title ''president" has little constitutional value - that he was put into that position just to act like a thug in carrying out Russia's orders. (Note: that's not me saying that; my views on parallels between South Ossetia and Northern Ireland aren't something I'll be expanding on in this forum. I'm just explaining the sentence.)

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    Re: heir local thug-in-chief

    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'.

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