As the South Ossetia War was being fought between the Russian Federation and Georgia in August 2008, then-Vice President Dick Cheney pushed for the United States to engage in a military conflict with Russia over its disputed invasion of the Georgian Republic, suggests a new book by Ronald Asmus titled "A Little War That Shook The World," according to the Raw Story
At the time, the White House was contemplating of possibly taking military action against Russia to prevent Georgian forces of being overtaken by Russian troops. Georgia was and is a strong ally of the US and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili had been pushing for NATO membership.
“The sheer scale of the Russian attack did lead several senior White House staffers to push for at least some consideration of limited military options to stem the Russian advance. The menu of options under discussion foresaw the possibility of bombardment and sealing of the Roki Tunnel as well as other surgical strikes to reduce Russian military pressure on the Georgian government,” wrote Asmus in his book.
The Business Insider
reports that the former Defense Secretary fought with the NSC adviser at the time, Steve Hadley, over Russia’s intentions of their military efforts against Georgia. Cheney believed Russia’s motives were bigger than what was occurring, however, Hadley disagreed with the Vice President.
Hadley had also thought President George W. Bush should know what his closest advisers were thinking about the situation, even Cheney, claims Asmus. However, there was a general consensus that any US involvement in the battle would lead to a military confrontation with Moscow, reports the Financial Times
, “The United States had taken a considered look at the military option and decided against it.”