October 20, 1998
MEMORANDUM TO: OPINION LEADERS
FROM: GARY SCHMITT
Once again, the Clinton
Administration has demonstrated its inability to use force to support
its diplomatic objectives. The result is an unnecessary capitulation to
Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic on Kosovo.
American policy should
have consisted of three elements: 1) ending the Serbian onslaught in Kosovo
and re-establishing a level of self-rule for the Albanians no less than
what they enjoyed before Milosevic came to power; 2) reducing the Serbian
capability and appetite for waging war in Kosovo by conducting sustained
military strikes on its forces both inside Kosovo and in Serbia; 3) initiating
a longer-term strategy to remove from power the single most important
cause for the on-going crisis in the Balkans, Slobodan Milosevic.
Holding the ultimate
ace-in-the-hole, American military might, the Clinton Administration folded
well before it had in place a policy that will bring peace and stability
to Kosovo. First, the administration agreed to allow Serb police and military
units to remain in Kosovo in numbers sufficient to intimidate any Albanians
who might return to their homes. Second, the agreement accepts even less
self-rule for the Kosovars than what they enjoyed before Milosevic. Third,
the placement of OSCE "verifiers" (read: hostages)
in Kosovo greatly reduces the likelihood that there will be any significant
military strikes against Serb forces who violate terms of the agreement.
And, finally, the administration has once again made Milosevic a partner
in carrying out its policy rather than the problem to be removed.