Amusing article. The revisionary version of the Balkans project is that it’s American Imperialism at work, the result of Republicans like Bob Dole in Roman senatorial togas listening to God whisper in their ear. Elite European Christophobia and anti-Americanism on display. Two for the price of one.
Kosovo of course is now under the jurisdiction of the EU, not the US Congress. Their currency is the EURO, not the Dollar. I forget the title used but the proconsul is an EU official.
Our intervention in the Balkans was Tony Blair’s project. He almost literally had to drag Bill Clinton along. Had there been no benefit to Bill Clinton of a low-risk foreign distraction I am skeptical Tony would have prevailed.
Under the facade of fighting “ethnic cleansing” we rid the region of a Russian ally and toe-hold. The resurgence of Putin/neo-Stalinism shows this was pushing the Russians further back was a good strategic idea. The author is in that respect correct about securing the lines of communication, but it was a joint US/EU strategy and more to the European benefit then of the US.
Our intervention in the Balkans was Tony Blairs project.
Sorry but this is wrong.
Maddy Albright made quite an efford to find anyone in europe to help her plans to counter milosevic with a war.
England and France decided to take a waiting position - Russia wanted to be of help, but saw no possiblitly without loosing it face then to take a counter position - but promised to not interfere severly.
Germany alone - on the way to find a new self definition after the fall of the iron curtain - joined her in her effords - forcing the others to jump in.
the War on the balkans was inniciated by the USA.
Yes, however, Camp Bondsteel -- which is a permanent US Base -- went up in a heartbeat after NATO entered Kosovo. There is even talk of it replacing Aviano. Doesn't matter if the currency is the Euro or the Dollar -- we are not there for the sake of the local economy. We are there for strategic military purposes. We bombed a country that didn't attack us, seized the assets, sold off what we wanted, and gave the land to another people, keeping the air base for ourselves. In short, we "conquered Kosovo" and stole it from Serbia. The rest is just window dressing. And this is not the American way!
"Under the facade of fighting ethnic cleansing we rid the region of a Russian ally and toe-hold. The resurgence of Putin/neo-Stalinism shows this was pushing the Russians further back was a good strategic idea."
Quite the opposite -- Serbia is not "Russia"-- and Europeans know this even if Americans don't. We turned Serbia into "a Russian ally" when we didn't have to, Serbs would have preferred to turn West and not East, but we gave them no choice when we backed them into a corner and Russia came to their rescue. I hate that this is the case, but Russia is on the legal and moral high ground in all of this and we are legally & morally in a pit, causing much resentment toward us in Europe.
Unlike Americans, Europeans don't hate Russians for being Russians, they hated the Soviet Union for being brutes. Now we are the brutes, breaking every international law and steamrolling a small country to get what we want. This is not going to go smoothly and I fear that we have lost far more than we have gained by this.