I don't understand why President Bush feels the need to provoke Russia. The other NATO allies don't seem too enamored of the idea as seven current members are opposed to extending NATO to Ukraine and Georgia. I can see no good reason for annoying France & Germany when relations with both seemed to be recovering form the (also unnecessary) tensions that arose in 2002/2003.
Is the United States really going to go to war if Russia decides that South Ossetia and Abkhazia are so important that they warrant military action against Georgia? What was it George Washington said about no entangling alliances? Might be a bit dated in 2008, but I suspect that most Americans would not be too keen on the idea that we might end up at war with Russia over a border dispute in the Caucasus.
It's almost enough to make me take another look at Ron Paul.