Me, I figured the attack was a test. A test to see what the response from Russia would be, how far could the US proxy take it?
This article takes a look at the attack on South Ossetia.
That Was No Small War in Georgia -- It Was the Beginning of the End of the American Empire
This article covers quite alot, a little history of South Ossetia, the Rose Revolution and of course the war on Russia.
Interesting the author makes note of this little known, and not covered much, by western msm media
The booty, according to Konashenko, also included 65 intact tanks outfitted with the latest NATO and American (as well as Israeli) technology.