Russia seems to be losing the propaganda war in the Caucasus, and no doubt they largely have themselves to blame. But in listening to George W. Bush’s bluster, I can’t help thinking that Russia is simply applying the Bush doctrine, according to which pre-emptive warfare is justified.
Bush also insists that the integrity of Georgia’s territory is non-negotiable. The US were quite right to support the independence of Kosova, but so far I can see no reason why the case of Abkhasia and South Ossetia should be any different.
(Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy motto was: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” G. W. Bush’s might be: “Speak loud and carry a small stick.”)