Would the U.S. Military Get Involved in Geogia?

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Not a chance! Here's why: One, our troops are stretched awfully thin right now fighting wars on two fronts. Even with the recent success in Iraq, it would be unwise for a mass pullout there now.

Two, President Bush is in the home stretch of his administration. And Vladimir Putin knows the the last thing Bush would want to do is commit troops to another theater of operations this close to his departure.

Three, it would be a tough fight. The Russian military doesn't possess the manpower and equipment of its Soviet days, but it's still a substantial force. U.S. military observers are said to be amazed at how quickly Russian troops moved into Georgia.

Hopefully, the concerted diplomatic pressure the West is placing on Russia will convince Putin (make no mistake he's the one pulling the strings in Russia; not Medvedev) not to flex his muscle elsewhere in the region.

That has to be the biggest concern right now. Keep in mind there are many Russian speaking Ukrainians who probably feel closer ties to Moscow than Kiev. The Russians believe that like Georgia, Ukraine is far too cozy with the West.

Should Russia demonstrate military designs on Ukraine, we're talking about a different ball game. I shudder to think what might happen then.

Pray that cooler heads prevail on all fronts.

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