The US president has warned Russia not to recognise Georgia's two breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
George Bush said on Monday that Russia's leadership should "meet its commitments and not recognise these separatist regions".
"Georgia's territorial integrity and borders must command the same respect as every other nation's, including Russia's," he said.
Bush's statement came after Russia's parliament passed resolutions calling for the recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states on Monday.
Without commenting on the relative merits of Georgia vs South Ossetia/Abkhazia, I'd only point out that we were quite willing to recognize Kosovan independence in February 2008 against Russia's protests when it suited our foreign policy agenda.
And, of course there's Joe Biden's old plan to break up Iraq into three countries....
So the rule of international law is to be: Sub-national independence movements may only be recognized by the US. All other such recognitions are examples of territorial aggression.
Which goes a long way toward explaining why we need 7-800 military bases on foreign soil to enforce this doctrine.