THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Tuesday, March 16, 1999
U.S. Should Beware Rambouillet Omelet
By Bob Djurdjevic
Alan Kuperman's March 4 editorial-page commentary "Rambouillet Requiem: Why the Talks Failed" was a dispassionate analysis of why Madeleine Albright's Kosovo conference produced only Rambouillet egg on the face of our secretary of state. However, no passionate issues, such as Kosovo, can be explained, much less resolved, by dispassionate analyses, no matter how rational they may seem.
[The second flaw was Mr. Kuperman's assumption that the Clinton administration officials can keep on deceiving the American public with impunity. After saying that Belgrade would be bombed if it refused to sign on to the Washington proposal, he adds, "if the (Kosovo) Albanians refused (to sign), their supply lines would be cut."
Wait a minute! If the Clinton administration has the means to cut the supply lines to the Kosovo Albanian secessionists, but it hasn't, doesn't that mean that Washington has been the Kosovo Albanian terrorists' accomplice? Shades of a similar Iran-Bosnia secret arms deal to which the Clinton administration acquiesced in 1994?]
Mr. Kuperman believes the Clinton administration's Rambouillet proposal would mean "a prolonged and overwhelming American presence." He adds that the Clinton administration "has no business flexing its muscles at Rambouillet" unless it had a stomach for such an open-ended, long-term, commitment of American troops. Which "I suspect it does not."
I say bull! Remove the humanitarian fig leaves, and Washington's Rambouillet Kosovo proposal is nothing but a call for an open-ended, long-term, commitment of American troops to Vietnam... oops, I meant the Balkans. Just like Bosnia, Kosovo would be a $2 billion per year or so burden to the American taxpayers, even without the cost of body bags.
As a triple U.S. veteran (China-Korea-Vietnam) recently put it in his letter to me, "I never would have believed I would say the following: we need to get our --- kicked for being in Kosovo. You would think we would have learned in the above mentioned conflicts."
Founder, Truth in Media
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