Georgia, a nation of about 4.6 million, has had the third-largest military presence — about 2,000 troops — fighting along with U.S. soldiers and marines in Iraq. For this reason alone, we owe Georgia a serious effort to defend its sovereignty. Surely we cannot simply stand by as an autocratic aggressor gobbles up part of — and perhaps destabilizes all of — a friendly democratic nation that we were sponsoring for NATO membership a few months ago.
A few facts just might be in order.
The War in Iraq(and subsequent occupation of Iraq) was based on a pack of lies spewed endlessly in Washington and London (the dissemination of which were aided and abetted by corporate media folks like Kristol).
Iraq is a broken country, and its leadership has aligned with the Shia faction in Iran. So what country was the greatest benefactor of the US war against, and occupation of Iraq?
What Georgia did, as they had been trained to do by their US "advisors", was to ethnically cleanse Southern Ossetia before the majority of their troops attacked. Ethnic cleansing, is a polite way of saying murdering men, women, and children to achieve a political objective.
10 Russian peacekeepers were killed and 30 wounded; how, we don't know, but that's what happened.
To expect Russia not to respond was a colossal failure of imagination of the Georgian government.
To then expect NATO and the US to be able to "pull their fat out of the fryer" when Russia responded to civilian killings
and the killing and wounding of their soldiers, was the second colossal failure of imagination of the Georgian government.
And the comment about offering "emergency military aid to Georgia" is stunning in its demonstration of a breathtaking lack of understanding of the situation.
Offering emergency military aid to Georgia is tantamount to declaring war against Russia, which does, by the way, have nuclear weapons.