However, all of this is meaningless without a larger U.S. strategy with regard to Russia. I don't agree with everything in that piece, but it's a damn sight better than anything else I've seen in the media. The emphasis on Reagan wasn't intended to suggest that the only possible solution is a military one, but that we do need to come up with a comprehensive strategy to deal with Russia instead of alternately ignoring until they act up and then freaking out until we can go back to ignoring them again. Russia certainly isn't our friend, but it's a little premature to declare the country our sworn enemy and go back to discussing a Cold War. This isn't 1950, Russia is not the Soviet Union, the SCO is not the Warsaw Pact, and Russia and China certainly were never friends. (Hell, that wasn't even true in 1950.)
While I would've liked to see a bit more active of a response to the whole Georgian thing, it is what it is and what's needed now is levelheaded thinking, not heated rhetoric.