The dying Soviet Union and Russia played this game from 1990-1993 as well. Our actions in Yugoslavia were an error, but this is standard operating procedure to the butchers in Moscow.
The war in Georgia was a message. Play ball with Moscow and the tanks stay home. Try to show overt independence or some anti-Russian activities and the Russians will come and kick butt. Its an old song and dance but one that doesn’t seem to have gone out of style in this part of the world. Maybe thats why Russia is respected and feared in the Muslim world.
"Mistakes were made."