The speed with which the current administration has sought to frame the conflict between Georgia and Russia as another Battle Between Good and Evil (TM) is not very surprising. What is surprising, at least to me, is the willingness of some journalists to repeat the false assertion that Russian Dictator Prime Minister Vladimir Putin started the conflict by sending his tanks into South Ossetia. In fact, small scale fighting had been taking place between Georgia and South Ossetia for a long, long time, and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili started his military offensive first. Of course, that doesn’t make Putin right, but it’s a nuance that is completely lost in the run-up to the new Cold War. Time to put on tinfoil hats and build a basement.


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