Kevin Drum gets it right, and saves us all a lot of time:
CHEAT SHEET....Since the Russo-Georgian war is complicated, I thought everyone might appreciate a quick primer:
* Shorter liberal view: "This isn't to condone Russia's conduct, but...."
* Shorter conservative view: "Yes, Saakashvili acted recklessly by sending in troops first, but...."
See? It's easier than you thought! You may now return to your regularly scheduled Olympics watching.