Georgia on my mind

I have to say, I don't like to hear that Barack Obama is going slow on supporting Georgia against Russia's land-grab. Russia not only attempts to exert economic and military hegemony over its neighbors; it has a distinct dislike for free elections.

On the other hand, I don't know enough about South Ossetia and Akhazia to say whether they really want to be part of Russia, or just don't want to be part of Georgia. I suppose my feelings about local self-determination extend to the right to join massively unfree megastates.

The thing is, Barack Obama doesn't seem to have any actual objection to supporting Georgia's bid; he's just moving cautiously. This is letting Russia establish, as Jonathan Kulick says, "facts on the ground".