Decades of neglect, outdated technology, and an ineffective conscript system reduced the capabilities of the Russian Army.
Readers write about the need for US aid to reach South Ossetia as well as Georgia, mayoral term limits, and the importance of infrared emissions in cooling a home.
Russia's military presence in Georgia has unnerved refugees who fled here from Chechnya in the 1990s.
The residents of Akhalgori, a town located just 25 miles from Georgia's capital, say Russian troops are creating a new military supply route.
Many wonder if Congress will honor its $1 billion commitment if amid the financial crisis. Some lawmakers were already opposed to the deal.
The war with Georgia has many calling for North and South Ossetia to unite.
The Russian prime minister called Ukraine's involvement a 'crime,' but still agrees to a gas contract with Kiev.