Finally, thousands of Yugoslavian lives and billions of U.S. dollars
later -- and despite NATO's bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade
-- the doves are airborne. Peace watchers are saying a negotiated
settlement is blowing in the wind.
Barrels of blood, tons of rubble and inestimable suffering inflicted
on the people of Yugoslavia could have been avoided if the NATO war
makers had been less into bombs and more into settling a 600 year old
civil war by diplomacy rather than death and destruction.
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The final peace treaty won't be much different than what could have
been hammered out by diplomats over this terrible Spring without one
bomb falling and without the mass exodus of a million human beings.
The smart way to triumph in a conflict -- a war, a divorce, an
argument -- is to break the opponent's resistance without fighting.
But when Washington got caught with its bluff down, the war moved
grimly from miscalculation to misadventure to a near "Apocalypse Now."
As the crisis in the Balkans shuts down, here are the losers:
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- The people of Yugoslavia and the Balkans states.
- The United States. The sole surviving superpower comes out looking
like a muscle-bound idiot, outwitted at every turn of the war wheel by a
two-bit dictator from a state the size of Ohio.
- NATO. It failed every military objective including its latest, an
oil embargo with less teeth than a bag of marshmallows. For the first
time in a century, Europeans have lost total confidence in Yankee savvy
and leadership, and it won't be long before NATO drops the NA -- North
American -- and morphs into a total European defense treaty
- The U.S taxpayer, who will again be ripped off for a dumb war's
surcharge, and our warriors, who were sent on one more futile mission
that's got nothing to do with America's national security.
- The Gang of Four Fumblers -- Madeleine Albright, Bill Cohen, Sandy
Berger and General Wes Clark -- who, while they won't be dragged to the
guillotine could well be sacked by Clinton, a master at passing the
buck. For sure, all will be skewered and roasted by the historians
already booting up their laptops.
- Congress, which lost face for its pathetic total lack of leadership
and failure to stop Maddy's mad attempt to bomb the Serbian people to
the peace table
- America's reputation. This latest Clinton catastrophe has given new
worldwide meaning to the phrase "Ugly American." The people of almost
every other country see us as an arrogant, reckless, feckless Robo Globo
Cop who is all too ready to punch holes in anyone who has a different
point of view.
And the winners:
- Russia will come out the star of the game. Not only will Boris
Yeltsin have brought off the peace deal and regained international
prestige, he'll make sure Mother Russia's purse is stuffed with IMF
billions (read U.S. dough for pulling Clinton's feet from the hot Balkan
- The U.S. weapon merchants, who cleaned up big time, and all the
other American porkers, who out-greeded Ike's wildest prophecies and
worst nightmares regarding the
- Former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney's Brown and Root and other
megaconstruction outfits that will be cashing in for years rebuilding
what NATO bombs and Serbian ethnic cleansing blew down.
Oh, sure, expect Clinton to do as Nixon did with the tragic defeat in
Vietnam: turn up the propaganda machine and spin another "Peace with
Honor" which will repeat over and over again that Clinton stood tall,
didn't blink and in the end got his way. Milosevic will play the same
tapes on what's left of his TV network while the good people of Serbia
continue on with their plans for his demise.
Hopefully this will be Clinton's last military misadventure and the
American people will finally wake up and examine what Wild Billy hath
wrought with his military solutions -- how he's bumbled and stumbled in
Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Iraq, the Sudan and its August of 1998
disappeared vitamin factory and now Yugoslavia. Maybe now we'll pull the
keys from Billy the Kid's war machine and ground him until he slips off
into the Hollywood Hills to do what he does best.