Speaking at a briefing two days days ago, Paula DeSutter, Assistant Secretary of State, mentioned that Georgia-related setbacks notwithstanding, State Department is hopeful that "things can evolve in a positive way so that we can move forward on a post-START agreement [with Russia]." That would be very difficult of course, but one can always hope.

The State Department did, as it turns out, take the post-START agreement seriously - the draft document prepared there is reportedly "hundred or so pages long". This stands in contrast with the Pentagon attitude - the DoD-prepared draft is said to be a very short "Moscow Treaty plus" document.