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Friday, September 19, 2003

Posted by Tanstaafl
"An Army of One?" by Gen. Wesley Clark: "Milosevic was hoping the alliance would crack and the bombing campaign would fall apart."

I haven't read the whole thing yet, but the general thesis seems to be a criticism of unilateral military action. This sentence however, seems like a reason to "avoid entangling alliances". Suppose we had acted alone in Kosovo. There would be no alliance to fall apart. Milosevic would have one less thing on which to hang his hopes. If we were willing to engage in some sort of power sharing consortiom with NATO, then we wouldn't even be pursuing these "evil-doers" as President Bush calls them. Obviously two important member-nations didn't want us to. The major difference is that Kosovo was a humanitarian mission which could fairly balance many national interests and still achieve its goals. The war on terror is a mission of self-defense. We must not subordinate our interests to the petty politics of continental Europe.


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