And now for a segment I like to call "Geopolitical Hot Foot."
How the Georgia - South Ossetia - Russia thing flared up.
Early 2008 - A vocal and pushy US tries to get Ukraine and Georgia into NATO. At least 10 NATO members refuse to endorse the Membership Action Plan, but that doesn't stop the White House.
Throughout 2008 - The White House whispers to Saakashvili that he should take care of the South Ossetia thing once and for all - oh, and by the way, we'll have your back.
On August 8, 2008 Saakashvili attacks Russian peacekeepers and Ossetian civilians in Tkshinvali. Russia was ready for such a move, and counter-attacked immediately.
The White House got what they wanted - the Russian bear involved in a border conflict, more instability, and a little breathing room for the White House to continue its plans (whatever they are).