France and Germany, were reporting 'Georgia fatigue'. Though they broadly wished the Saakashvili government well, they did not buy the line that he was a model democrat - the sight last November of his riot police tear-gassing protesters in Tbilisi and smashing up an opposition TV station dispelled that illusion.
That's the view you won't get from the U.S. mainstream news. The article looks at details. It doesn't step back far enough to see the whole chessboard and game. It's worth reading, but keep in mind that the Empires are playing more moves out than the article even comes close to suggesting. The Empires are playing with the end-game in mind, always. They are delusional. The leadership is delusional. They are bad stewards and bad shepherds.
The U.S. knew Russia would attack. All the talk of surprise is ridiculous. Lives and nation are chess pieces. The analogy is appropriate. It's vastly more complex than a game of chess, but the big picture is which king (collective and individual) is left standing. It's selfishness on the part of that king. It's lust. It's lust for money. It's blood lust (violence). It's sexual lust as well (a surrogate integrally connected).