So, Cheney (US Vice President) has accused Russia of "reneging on democracy and using energy as a political tool.".
Wow, using Energy as a political tool. That's unheard of! Three letters Mr Vice President (and I'll do them in a sequence so even your dumb-assed president might be able to guess them):
O I L
OK, the US and Russia use energy as political tools in different ways and I agree that Russia deserves being told off in this regard, but coming from the US this is a bit 'pot and kettle'.
Cheney Chides Russia On Democracy (BBC News Online; Thursday 4th May 2006)