The US military was surprised by the timing and swiftness of the Russian military's move into South Ossetia and is still trying to sort out what happened, a US defense official said Monday.
IF we had any people in the State Department who had ever studied the history of the Georgia/Russia region in and particularly with regard to the resolve of the Russian government when it feels under threat, the Georgian government would never have been given the green light by the US and NATO to try this non-planned, "fingers-crossed" and insane incursion into South Ossetia.
Of course, it appears, unfortunately for this country, that people who actually have the kind of background to be able to give the military thoughtful, reasoned and timely counsel are simply not the people who are hired to do so.
With this administration it's generally a matter of cronyocracy, and not competence.
And that is why the US military is surprised: there was no one to tell them that this would be Russia's response, and that it would come with all possible deliberate speed, if Georgia invaded South Ossetia.