First, from the comments on Lawyers, Guns, and Money
I have this nagging feeling that Rice and Cheney – and by extension, McCain – knew full well that the Georgians were going to get crushed but wished them luck regardless. That’s exactly what they wanted: A credible boogeyman to scare the Beltway crowd and the other usual suspects since Iran’s refusing to rise to their bait.
In the prelude do the Gulf War, didn’t the US pass a signal to Saddam they would do nothing if he invaded Kuwait?
Georgia seems to have badly miscalculated. Did they think US reinforcements would be forthcoming?