What was a top national security aide to Vice President Dick Cheney doing in Georgia shortly before Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's troops engaged in what became a disastrous fight with South Ossetian rebels -- and then Russian troops?
Yes, Joseph R. Wood, Cheney's deputy assistant for national security affairs, was in Georgia shortly before the war began. The vice-president’s office responded that it had nothing to do with a military operation that some have said suggests a renewal of the Cold War.
Meanwhile, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of orchestrating the conflict in Georgia to benefit one of its presidential election candidates.
"U.S. citizens were indeed in the area in conflict," Putin said. "They were acting in implementing those orders, doing as they were ordered, and the only one who can give such orders is their leader."
[Based on articles in the L.A. Times and CNN]