An irritated Bush administration accused Russia on Wednesday of trying to find excuses to keep thousands of troops in Georgia in violation of a cease-fire Russia signed with the former Soviet republic last month.
Using unusually blunt language, the State Department said it was well past time for Russia to withdraw most of its soldiers from Georgia's separatist areas of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. A spokesman demanded that Russia do so now.
US governmental spokespeople can demand until they're blue in the face.
The real question is, what are the real options for the US when Russia doesn't leave Georgia??
I'd love to think that no one in the state department or Pentagon is seriously contemplating a shooting war with Russia.
However, this administration certainly hasn't disappointed in terms of making some catastrophically wrong-headed foreign policy blunders before.