Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an end to military operations against Georgia, the Kremlin says.
He told officials he had taken the decision to end the operation after restoring security for civilians and peacekeepers in South Ossetia.
Time will tell. But I’m inclined to believe that if they have indeed captured strategic crossroads around Gori then they have effectively neutralized any Georgian threat to Abkhazia–no resupply for those fighting to maintain control of the Kodori Gorge, as well as gained the upper hand in the peace negotiations to come:
By earlier Tuesday, the key road that leads to the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, was completely cleared of Georgian forces, except for broken and abandoned vehicles left behind in the retreat. And Georgian troops had apparently abandoned Gori. One resident reported seeing Russian tanks at a military base on the outskirts of the city.
They’ve apparently achieved their political objectives. That’s what wars are about people, something the neo-cons in all their revolutionary rhetoric long ago lost sight of. Politics. It’s all about the politics.
And, I would also add this is another huge foreign policy failure for the Bush Administration. We left an ally to hang out and dry. Helps our credibility a lot, you think?