What to do about Georgia
First. Don’t send any new military personnel to Georgia.
Second, get all U.S. military trainers out of the country.
Third. If the Bush administration wants to deliver humanitarian supplies, contract out for commercial aircraft to fly in the relief or shipping companies to sail into a port. Given all the contracts the Pentagon issued in Iraq, there should be no shortage of people eager for another chance to do right.
Fourth. Let the EU take the diplomatic lead. They will be more directly affected in terms of interruptions to fuel supplies from Russia should things get nasty after the current fighting ends.
Fifth. Things are nasty now. .
Sixth. Don't send any warships into the Black Sea outside of those that might be expected based on historical data.
Seventh. Convince the current president of Georgia to resign and hold new elections after Russian troops withdraw (assuming they do). In the interim, ask for UN assistance.
Eighth. Russian troops leave Georgia and take with them the so-called South Ossetia military that are looting Gori.
Ninth. NATO should rethink carefully whether to bring Georgia (and the Ukraine) into the alliance. Remember, NATO is a mutual security pact.
Would the U.S. go to war for Georgia?
Tenth. Don’t tweak the Bear’s tail gratuitously