The US has the finest spy satellite system in the world. The Pentagon undoubtedly had clear, multi-spectrum stills and video of the buildup of troops, logistics, and tanks on the Georgian/Ossetian border, days (at least) prior to the invasion. Why, then, was the US public not informed?
Anyone old enough to remember Grenada, 1983, when Ron Reagan got in front of altered aerial photos, on national TV, to show a "Soviet air terminal" (in a visual scare-reference to the U2 Cuban Missile Crisis pictures)? It was really a commercial tourist air facility, but the point is, had the US government wished to back off the Russians last week, we would have been shown the military threat. In detail. (And maybe we would have been given those hokey duct tape/shovel-o-dirt nuclear air raid instructions.)
And what exactly did Bush Junior mean by his comment that the Russians had exceeded "assurances?" What assurances could have been made, if indeed the invasion was a surprise?
My question, then: Did George trade Georgia for Iran? There is an armada headed for the Persian Gulf right now: