To the OP. I think the Bush administration is pursuing an extremely unwise policy in this by opting to provide supplies to Georgians. The United States has no business intervening in Russia's near abroad. They've done enough damage by supporting the pseudo colour revolutions in former warsaw pact countries, expanding NATO bases eastward which now fully encircle Russia, and withdrawing from the ABM treaty. This is nothing new. Analysts have been saying for a long time now that under the surface relations between RUssia and the US are not warm and that we are in a neo-Cold War period. THe US has pursued an unwise policy toward Russia since the end of the Soviet Union which has resulted in a high level of anti-American sentiment and skepticism on behalf of the Russian people.
But let me get back to why the US should not get involved. Russia has the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction in the world. The bulk of their arms are on hair-trigger alert which means that within minutes of receiving instructions they can launch their warheads over the North Pole to Washington in about 25 minutes. In 2006, Putin moved his fleet of nuclear submarines to the Arctic where they are undetectable. After the US withdrawed from the ABM treaty Russia started building the Topol M which can penetrate any illusion of nuclear supremacy. This cannot be intercepted by any defense shield in the world because it goes out into space and comes in at a different trajectory. The point is, Russia has a litany of weaponry and is more than capable of making mushroom clouds if provoked. What we also know is that Putin is a tough guy. He's not a Krushchev softy who shows his hand or folds too easily. Any people who have opposed or criticized the Kremlin have been in prisoned, gone missing, or were assinated. Putin does not %^% around. People who have doubted this like Khordorkovsky, Berezovsky, and Gusinsky are now in jail or living in exile. If Bush gets involved, things could possibly escalate. If Bush is doing this to manufacture an enemy so the Republicans win the election with their stupid war mongering policy he may want to rethink this. Russia is no longer hurt and wounded and it emasses an extradinary amount of weaponry and energy that can be turned against the US. Russia also sells arms to Iran and China and if the US pushes Russia too hard on this one we are likely to see Russia move even further from the US and toward these other players which some of which are already hostile toward America.
This is the situation in my judgement. Bush should simply say RUssia should ceasefire and leave it at that. Once it starts providing aid and supplies it is clearly taking a side and this could be end up escalating into a tragedy on a colossal scale.
Sorry for such a long post.