Georgia invades South Ossetia, having lost control of the region in 1992. They want it back.
Russia, having granted the citizens of the region Russian citizenship is none to happy about this at all.
Russia bombs the living daylights out of Georgia, rapidly halts Georgia's actions in S. Ossetia.
The UN meets, bickers amongst themselves and comes up with nothing.
Bush says "hey, stop it!" and threatens to not be friends with Putin anymore. Bush, sending a message to Putin, tears up all the baseball cards Putin left at his house after their last sleepover.
Russia continues bombing, naval action and pressing tanks onto Georgia's border.
Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili, being a supporter and good democratic buddy of the states, asks the US for help. Casually mentioning all the help they gave in Kosovo and Iraq.
Dick Cheney tells Russia to knock it off and threatens to not be friends with Putin. Emphasizing that he "really, really means it" by demanding Putin give him his Playstation games back.
UN continues to bicker, while countries send their own reps to try and settle things down. Leaving some slightly curious why they're waiting for the UN in the first place.
US military flies all 2,000 of Georgia's troops back from Iraq. The troops they sent to help Bush take down Hussein and find those pesky WMDs.
Georgia wants US military support, Russia doesn't seem keen on giving up and there's almost nothing at all we can do to help aside from slapping Russia with a rolled up newspaper and say 'NO!' as loud as possible.
Direct military action is out of the question (though, should this escalate, I wouldn't be surprised if some Russian equipment started to spontaneously fail or explode in 'mysterious' ways) and the proverbial slapping of hands only achieves so much, especially when the slapee brushes you off.
Georgia has turned the fan on and Russia is throwing a whole lot of shit at it. I don't imagine any of it is getting close but if they keep on throwing it's bound to hit it sooner or later.