I was going to write about Georgia. What is there to say that hasn't been said already by smarter people than I? Not bloody much.
Here's how my post of a week ago began:
More links followed. The first one, to Aargh, is excellent and still quite relevant for understanding the basic military logic of the actions. Here's another retrospective of the run-up to the conflict.
There is some discussion about how Ethnic Diversity, much beloved of Liberals, is largely to blame for the state of the Caucasus.
Now that the shooting has stopped (the interesting part for me) there is some discussion of lessons learned.
Rurik, my favorite commentator on Things Slavic has his early take and his later take.
From the latter comes the best definition of "soft power" I have ever seen as it applies to conflict between Great Powers (not to be confused with Counter-Insurgency, which is all about 'soft power')
"We have just seen an example of the effectiveness of soft power. Georgia with its charismatic president, interesting cuisine, fine wines, and gorgeous scenery had lots of it. Soft power is when the class bully takes your lunch money every day, and you take pride in how much attention you are receiving. All of us occasionally have moments of cowardice, or at least discretion, and arguably the tactical situation might mean this is such an occasion for the USA. But only Liberals brag about it."
Read the final lines of his later post. It makes me wonder whether or not I need to start pulling out the old Cold War doctrinal manuals. . .