Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Looming Crisis in Kosovo

Kosovo, a province of Serbia and legally still under Serbian sovereignty, is now administered by the UN with NATO forces, including the U.S. military, providing on-the-ground muscle. This regime was put in place following the 1999 U.S.-led NATO war against Serbia, which included the appalling spectacle of NATO (mostly the U.S.) bombing a major European capital. Frank Carlucci, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, has a column in the New York Times today warning that the crisis in Kosovo still looms and could result in a new war in the Balkans. He's right about the danger, although his recitation of the original causes takes the same flawed party line that led the U.S. into this foreign policy disaster in the first place. Americans should pay attention to events in Kosovo. The UN is likely to fail yet again, and the U.S. is going to have to deal with the results of its Balkan policy mistakes.

7 Comments:

Blogger Junebugg said...

Most people here are just concerned with getting our boys back home and the mess with Bush and SS. They can't look far enough ahead to worry about a war that hasn't happened yet. It's like that old saying, "Learn history, or be doomed to repeat it."

8:43 PM, February 22, 2005  
Blogger Kevin said...

Tom,

Could you lay out a brief summary of your own risk assessment vis-a-vis Kosovo and perhaps the implications for the US?

10:41 PM, February 22, 2005  
Blogger Markkind said...

You know, if the EU and France inparticular want to assert themselves as a regional superpower then Kosovo may just be the place to intervene.

8:01 AM, February 23, 2005  
Blogger Gindy said...

I actually like Mark's idea.

10:45 AM, February 23, 2005  
Blogger USMC_Vet said...

Tom,

I echo Kevin's request.

Also, i must admit that I am behind the power curve understanding the timeline and actual accounting of events that led to our follies in Kosovo. I don't know who to trust or where to read, so I have procrastinated. You have convinced me that it is time to end the procrastination.

Direction?

I have read parts of this, but it was several years ago and cannot recall most:

Yossef Bodansky: Some Call It Peace (Waiting For War In the Balkans)

9:00 PM, February 23, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

Kevin and USMC_Vet: I mentioned in a post at the end of October that I was going to write something on Kosovo. I still intend to, and I'll tip you when I get it done.

3:55 PM, February 24, 2005  
Blogger Kevin said...

Thanks, Tom. I look forward to reading it.

4:56 PM, February 24, 2005  

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