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Fri Aug 30, 2013, 12:26 PM

 

Should Clinton have intervened in Kosovo?


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Reply Should Clinton have intervened in Kosovo? (Original post)
East Coast Pirate Aug 2013 OP
leftstreet Aug 2013 #1
geek tragedy Aug 2013 #2
KharmaTrain Aug 2013 #5
geek tragedy Aug 2013 #7
KharmaTrain Aug 2013 #8
geek tragedy Aug 2013 #9
bowens43 Aug 2013 #3
el_bryanto Aug 2013 #4
madinmaryland Aug 2013 #6
East Coast Pirate Aug 2013 #10

Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 12:31 PM

1. FFS As if Clinton DIDN'T 'intervene' in making that mess

Good Gawd

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 12:32 PM

2. He was right to intervene there, just as Obama would be wrong to intervene

in Syria without partnering with the Russians.

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 01:00 PM

5. Clinton Didn't Partner With The Russians...

...in Kosovo. In fact they were highly critical of our actions there. Serbia, just like Syria, was a former Soviet client...

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Response to KharmaTrain (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 01:08 PM

7. The objective there was achievable by military force.

Not so with Assad.

And, the USSR/Russia was a paper tiger back in those days, due to internal reckoning.

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 01:26 PM

8. Hindsight...

...at the outset of the Kosovo campaign, I recall many critics, right and left, who claimed Clinton had no clear objective and that the Tito-era missile defense systems and mountainous terrain would be a graveyard for any attacker/invader. While a paper tiger, the Russians still can play spoiler in these states and have...protecting Assad with weaponry that's being used on his own people, just like Milosevic used Russian weapons against the Bosnians, Croatians and Kosovars.

That said...I agree that missile strikes alone won't knock out Assad and may even embolden him. I don't favor unilateral U.S. action here...this is an international matter...

Cheers...

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Response to KharmaTrain (Reply #8)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 01:30 PM

9. I favored intervention in Kosovo, and thought the leftwing critics of it

were being idiots.

Here, we don't have that kind of leverage due to geography, force sizes, alignments of the various factions etc.

Honestly, international humanitarian law is a tragic joke.

cheers

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 12:55 PM

3. Is this an attempt at a variation of the 'Clinton's Penis' defense?

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Response to bowens43 (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 12:58 PM

4. The Clinton's Penis defense is impossible to penetrate. NT

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Response to el_bryanto (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 01:00 PM

6. That depends on the definition of "is".

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Response to bowens43 (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 04:36 PM

10. No.

 

I was in favor of Kosovo. Milosovic was a mass murderer. Don't know what to think about Syria. It's a mess.

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