Which is not to say that the Pentagon needs to budget for WWIII just yet. "If Russia put its troops on alert, the world would crack up laughing," says Quinn-Judge. "And it still needs money from the International Monetary Fund. So it's in the worst possible position to be angry right now." But Quinn-Judge says that Russia's Prime Minister (and faux president) Yevgeny Primakov sees eye to eye with Chinese leader Jiang Zemin on a lot of international issues -- including his grumpiness about the current unipolar world. "If Primakov is around past his current term or becomes president," he says, "he has a very long memory."