Let's Make A Choice In Kosovo Now

Clausewitz said that war has its own grammar but its logic is the logic of politics. The growing tragedy of America's intervention in Kosovo is that neither its military grammar nor its political logic makes much sense. The cost of the Kosovo imbroglio is rising with each passing day. A queasy feeling is spreading as drift displaces leadership in foreign policy and the war escalates gradually without direction. All the lessons of the Persian Gulf war--applying overwhelming military force with specific strategic objectives--appear forgotten. All the mistakes of Vietnam--misreading enemy motivations, military gradualism, ambiguous political goals--are being repeated.

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