As reported in the venerable (or is it venereal?) BAOJ, Cheney gets it regarding the need to smack Putin right on the muzzle. I wish Bush had taken the opportunity to knee Putin in the groin, flip him onto his back and stomp on his neck when he was standing next to him at the Olympics in Beijing.
The Rooskis have invaded Georgia (not, as Google News would have it, the one in the western hemisphere). NATO and the EU have to decide whether they are going to cowboy up, or whether they are going to take a flexible stance on which nations are part of Europe.
Putin needs to be chased back across the Caucasus Mountains. If he is allowed to get away with this, none of the “near abroad” states will be safe. Quite soon Putin will be menacing Ukraine, Belarus, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, and all the stans.
He needs to be humiliated and discredited. This is the ONLY WAY.