We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Ukraine has plenty to worry about, being the next on the shopping list. After all, former President, now Prime Minister, Putin has always made it clear that he intended to restore the Soviet geopolitical territory and, in particular, he was anxious to take back the two biggest ones that got away: Ukraine and Georgia. Obviously, he meant that, if necessary, it will be done by force.
Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, has demanded a very strong response from the European Union. That will be a little hard to achieve with Germany being so dependent on Russian gas and with other West European states being more anxious "to stand up to America" than pay attention to what is going on next door to it. Well may Ukraine and the Balts worry.
The Balts are already in NATO - that's a line the Russians have never crossed. Ukraine supposedly held on to some of the Soviet nukes that were there when it all few apart.
Hopefully a cease-fire will hold in Georgia. Then we can get a real alliance signed - with or without NATO. We should be moving our heavy units in useless bases in Germany to the East. I don't think the Russians are so adventurous as to invade a country hosting our 1st Armored Division and an Air Wing.
IMHO, the Russians want to take over Georgia, and then contiguous states in Europe, to get more or less total control of the oil pipeline originating in Baku, Azerbaijan. This will give Russia more complete control of oil supplies to Europe, and enable them to charge anything they want for oil, gasoline, et al. Looks like Europe is going to have a very cold winter, since the globe is cooling, not warming as the Goracle says.
Russians can charge anything they want, but nobody else has to pay it. Oil markets have ignored this news and continued to slide.
While admit to having no idea about the Caucasus politics except to know that it's such an ethnic and religious mess, along with a nasty terrain, that anything can happen, I did feel a whole lot smarter this morning after reading what this "expert" said a few days ago: