The US Defence Secretary says another Russian attack on Georgia once it has joined Nato would result in a US armed response. http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/US-Defence-Secretary-Gates-Warns-Armed-Response-If-Russia-Attacks-Georgia-Once-It-Has-Joined-Nato/Article/200809315102651?lpos=World_News_Carousel_Region_3&lid=ARTICLE_15102651_US_Defence_Secretary_Gates_Warns_Armed_Response_If_Russia_Attacks_Georgia_Once_It_Has_Joined_Nato It's difficult to put this into context at the moment. Is Gates' comment in response to a journalist's question? If so, then Gates was just answering the question in line with what the organisation's chapters state -- that members of NATO must be defended from external aggression. Or is Gates sabre rattling? Is now the time to be sabre rattling?