I don not know why you would go for the bonus before snooping around a little.
This is the part I still don't understand. I got all the possible reasons people are naming for picking there. Intel, counter-picking etc. But what I don't understand is taking the bonus just like it's a protected antarctica pick or something, with no concern for where your opponent might be. If you picked it to counter an FTB, what good does that do if you don't even move out of russia until turn 5?
I'm not speaking to Buns' game specifically, just in general. That aspect, treating it like it's a nice safe little place to get a bonus, I don't understand. Is it simply worth the risk? That's the only explanation I can think of, I'm just being too cautious in those situations.