Sunday, January 3, 2016

Clinton's Bosnia Adventure Goes South

Since the Gulf War, no one would ever accuse the beltway gang of being astute strategic thinkers.  While the Democrats have not cornered the market in this regard, there’s no doubt the leftist DC establishment have become experts at developing policies that result in abject failures.  These misadventures go down the memory hole in the offices of the NYT and the WaPo, except if a Republican is President.  But not so with foreign news outlets.  France 24 has highlighted Bill Clinton’s arrogance and ignorance in one of history’s classic leftist military interventions.
In the early 90s, US media crews showed us every detail of the Bosnian battlefields, burning farmhouses, and battered marketplaces, in order to paint a picture of a complex ethnic war that was tearing the country apart.  CNN and its go-to-war promoter, Christiane Amanpour, were particularly effective at laying a guilt trip on the American public and politicians in urging intervention.
In reality, the ethnic and religious angle was emphasized because the Clinton administration just could not bring itself to declare that the war was largely a fight of national identity to gain freedom from tyrannical, socialist dictators by the name of Slobodan Milosevic and his Bosnian Serb ally, Radovan Karadzic.  It was not advisable to openly go against ideological soul mates of the communist persuasion.

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