Was Georgia just a test? The behavior of Russia in the aftermath of its invasion of that country is anything but conciliatory. Now Russian state television is airing a documentary promoting the idea that the U.S. government was behind 9/11. Why would they go the extra mile to stir up anti-American sentiment among their own and around the globe?
If Georgia was a test, the Russians have to be very encouraged at the results. The west made a lot of noise, but in the end, did nothing. The world is facing an economic slow down. US forces are spread thin, Russia has made a bundle on soaring oil, but prices are dropping and the whole world is looking for alternatives. If they were dumb enough to make some sort of outlandish land grab, now would be the time. I'm confident they're dumb enough.
I'm not well versed enough in the current geopolitical situation in their neighborhood to have any idea what they have their eyes on, but my "spider sense" is tingling. Maybe they'll just go after the rest of Georgia. Maybe something bigger. Ukraine? Poland? Alaska? I just hope our spooks are working over-time on this.