In William Gibsons 'blog I found a link to a very interesting story about the reaction in the Russian military to the swift victory of the US and British troops in Iraq. The Americans took Baghdad in a few days, the Russians used over a month to take Grozny, which is much smaller than Baghdad. One can imagine how unsettling that must be to a Russian general.
I am now totally hooked on the Ur-Quan Masters game, it's roughly based on the same idea as Elite64. Very dangerous. Recommended.