It’s pretty sad to see the international politics of the 1960’s-1980’s in 2008. We’re moving back to an Iron Curtain, with Russia doing what it pleases in its sphere. If the U.S. wasn’t so heavily invested in Iraq, we’d at least have the potential to respond militarily to an attack on an ally. Right now, Putin knows any threat can’t be backed up. Eight years ago, this sort of stunt would have been unthinkable, a prelude to WWIII; now it hardly breaks the Olympics coverage. Part of this is that Georgia’s hands are not exactly squeaky-clean in regards to South Ossetia and Abkhazia. But that doesn’t give Russia carte blanche to invade Georgia; the Russian casus belli is even more flimsy.

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