Oh, that couldn't be our bestie in Jordan, King Abdullah, could it? And isn't that the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi up there in the presidential box with Bad Vlad?
Yup, it sure is, and they're not the only strategic Western allies enjoying the hospitality of Russia this week.
Which just goes to underline the vapidity of the evening news. It's a topsy-turvey world for sure. Today's enemy was yesterday's friend of our best friendly ally until the other enemy became their friend, at which time other allies dropped their friends and allied with their enemies, in a coalition to defeat the bad guys...
Or something like that.
All this story proves is that Jordan and Abu Dhabi, for all practical purposes banana republics without the bananas, have more competent and forward-looking diplomatic corps than the USA.