|Quoting Boeing4ever (Reply 95):|
You do not attack a NATO nation, bombing US personel without getting a response from the US. If you think otherwise, you're more insane than Georgia's president thinking he could get away with bombing Russian peacekeepers!
Mind you, if it would be depending on GWB, Georgia would already have been a NATO member today!
Luckily the (old) Europeans have delayed their accession to the organisation on the basis the Caucasus country still has some international territorial problems to solve first, notably the one which caused this open conflict with the Russian Federation.
Besides, the exceptionally strong bilateral Georgian-US alliance didn't stop the Russian Army to strike back right after the Georgians felt - with full support from the US- it was time to bring the separatist regions back under control by military force, something which -I repeat- was done to 'solve' the territorial problems of Georgia and thus content the Europeans into accepting Georgia as NATO member.
I'd say that is as good as attacking a NATO member already to me.
The lesson learned from this is that ALL
neighbouring countries of the Russian Federation may have the best possible relations with Washington, but that in the end the USA won't risk stopping the Russians if they feel they need to go in...
American talk in the former East is omni-present and obviously very cheap, military action however is totally non-existent: that's the sole lesson the world has to draw from this conflict!
Let's have a look at the parties in this conflict and what they won/lost in it:
Georgia: thought that with US backing, they could quickly bring back under control their separatist regions, thus opening the gate to NATO membership, yet this idea showed to be extremely naive and the country was severely punished by the Russian Army for their attack, has suffered great economic and infrastructural damage as a consequence and has now more than probably lost control over the separatist provinces forever, since after the traumatising short but violent war, the inhabitants will rightfully want some kind of international rule over their territories for the long term. Such a form of international government often is a way to full autonomy, something the nationalists in Georgia will obviously strongly oppose! As such Georgia has not only lost 2 provinces, but most likely also the outlook to imminent NATO membership, because after last week's events, the old Europeans are even less likely to allow Georgia into NATO without having sorted out their territorial disputes first!
USA: Despite its high talk, it has completely lost its credibility in much of Eastern Europe, as it has shown to the world that despite all the nice words in support of the pro-America movements in those former Soviet countries, they can't do anything to stop the Russian Federation if they feel they need to go in.
Russian Federation: has demonstrated its military supremacy in the region, has restored the situation in Georgia to what is was before, thus locking Georgia out of NATO for the long run and has sent a chilling signal to the world that it is the ONLY power to be reckoned with in the former USSR
whereas the USA can do little more than offer money for relief aid.
I'd say it is pretty obvious who's the winner and who're the losers...
If I were to live in Eastern Europe, I'd not be feeling at ease any longer with my government constantly frocking up to the USA and missing no chance at all to irritate the Russian Federation for no obvious reason other than to take childish revenge for what happened 60 years ago when those countries came under Soviet influence...
Maybe it is time for the leaders of Eastern Europe to take a more mature and pragmatic approach to dealing with the Russian Federation, similar to the way old Europe has been doing it for long, rather than the dogmatic anti Russian approach of constantly trying to bully their large neighbour, stirred up by their new mentors from across the Atlantic who in the end have a different agenda.
America's agenda is NOT to stand by their new allies no matter what just because they happen to like them so much, but rather just to win them over and as such weaken Russia.
If however the Russian Federation is seen as acting strongly against such a policy, the Americans just back off and the small ally is left entirely on its own and if it happened to stick out its neck a bit too far... it will even be allowed to loose it's head.