posted on Aug, 15 2008 @ 01:54 AM
Conventional wisdom has rapidly hardened around the proposition that there is no practical military response to the Russian invasion of Georgia. In
fact, if the Georgians were inclined to fight, there is quite a lot they could do militarily, and in a way that would not directly involve U.S. or
NATO forces. To understand how this military option would work, some background is required.
Most people have been grossly exaggerating Russian military strength and prowess in this exercise, obviously one long in the planning, and actually
involving relatively small forces. By all accounts, the Russian "58th Army" has invaded Georgian territory with about 500 tanks and an equal number
of infantry fighting vehicles--the equivalent of roughly two armored divisions. That's pretty small beer, really, but adequate to handle a smaller
Georgian army largely dispersed to deal with counter-guerrilla operations.