Yesterday I saw Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, interviewed by Brian Williams. He seemed quite anxious to tell us how pleasant his meeting with Sarah Palin will go. But when pressed slightly on what the hell happened last month with Russia he really showed how to stick to a simple, if dubious, script.
There is probably good reason:
The details that Western intelligence agencies extracted from their signal intelligence agree with NATO’s assessments… [T]he Georgians amassed roughly 12,000 troops on the border with South Ossetia on the morning of Aug. 7. Seventy-five tanks and armored personnel carriers — a third of the Georgian military’s arsenal — were assembled near Gori. Saakashvili’s plan, apparently, was to advance to the Roki Tunnel in a 15-hour blitzkrieg and close the eye of the needle between the northern and southern Caucasus regions, effectively cutting off South Ossetia from Russia.
At 10:35 p.m. on Aug. 7, less than an hour before Russian tanks entered the Roki Tunnel, according to Saakashvili, Georgian forces began their artillery assault on Tskhinvali.
Of course, Palin already knows what the truth is, by Bering Straight osmosis.
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