Russia on Tuesday formally recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two enclaves in Georgia whose separatist aspirations stirred the fierce conflict this month.
The step, which goes beyond Russia’s military operation and is intended to consolidate its military success into permanent political gains, is viewed as highly provocative in the West, which has insisted on the preservation of Georgia’s territorial integrity.
Had Saakashvili and his bone-headed advisors not decided to attack South Ossetia militarily, none of this would have happened. And apparently, all the training from both NATO and Israel didn't help Georgia's military very much in this confrontation.
This was a colossal failure of imagination on the part of the Georgian leadership, and one can only wonder what promises he thought he had from US and NATO in case Russia fought back.