August 11, 2008 9:11 PM

U.S. knew Georgia trouble was coming, but couldn't stop it

Bush administration officials, worried by what they saw as a series of provocative Russian actions, repeatedly warned Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili to avoid giving the Kremlin an excuse to intervene in his country militarily. But in the end, the warnings failed to stop the Georgian president — a Bush favorite — from launching an attack that now seems likely to end in his country's occupation by Russian forces.

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