This is not the first time that the US has prematurely taken sides only to later find out that they were on the wrong side of a war. Spiegel Online reports that the US gave too much credit to President Saakashvili of Georgia. Though “a friend and ally, (he) could in fact be a gambler — someone who triggered the bloody five-day war and then told the West bold-faced lies.” This of course is nothing new to Justin Raimondo and Patrick Buchanan who foresaw such a scenario. Neo-Conservatives are quick to judge mother Russia, but slow to look at herself:
The attempt to reconstruct the five-day war in August continues to revolve around one key question: Which side was the first to launch military strikes? Information coming from NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) now paints a different picture than the one that prevailed during the first days of the battle for the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali — and is fueling the doubts of Western politicians.
John McCain, seeking to gain political points, wasted no time in calling “my fellow Americans” to embrace the Georgian flag against the evil Russian empire. But once again this has proven to be a presumptous move from the war party who glories in fear. If Western politicians are doubtful about the brief blood bath in the Caucasus, shouldn’t this cause skepticism when America supports a nation over another.