Was Clinton's splended little war in Bosnia legal?

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    Put your political bias aside and consider the implications of a US president bypassing congress and ordering planes in the air to bomb a defenseless country in Europe. The concept is preposterous but it happened about a dozen years ago. I saw prime time news feeds showing Belgrade Yugoslavia citizens dressed in suits and carrying briefcases on their way to work running for cover as sirens sounded and a police station blew up. For what? To force the surrender of a single man? To deflect criticism about disgraceful conduct? When you have the cooperation of the media anything is possible.
     
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    probably not , by even the expansive standards floated by the UN when it comes to US democratic presidents ( and the French) but I think he did the right thing. To bad Muslims don't seem to recall any of that....
     
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    Yep.
     
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    Europe as a whole owes yet another debt to the United States for not allowing the Balkans to devolve into chaos.
     
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    I am sure the checks in the mail....
     
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    :lol:

    Right next to the champagne and beluga caviar..
     
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    Er, sorry, what's this? Clinton was in fact very reluctant to intervene in the Balkans. It was the British that pushed for military strikes against paramilitary and government positions. Tony Blair publically forced Clinton into acting through the American media.

    Oh and, Sallow. Europe doesn't owe "yet another debt to the United States". The Balkans owes nothing to the United States, the United Kingdom or any other NATO military that took part in that absolute and irredeemable disaster that was the NATO intervention in the Balkans. NATO forces largely stood by and watched as hundreds of thousands of civilians were slaughtered under the very noses of those who were 'supposed' to protect them, but couldn't because the UN didn't want to risk taking sides.

    Honestly, it's times like these when one really does despair at how undeniably stupid American's can be.

    Oh and, Trajan. It's spelt 'cheque', not "check".
     
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    Um..yeah..they do Swagger. All of Europe couldn't muster up enough firepower to quell an ongoing genocide? To busy with the morning, afternoon and night guiness to bother?

    This was essentially Europe's problem.

    And it's "Check" not "Cheque".
     
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    Sorry, can you please explain to me how Europe owes the United States for a joint intervention that failed to achieve its objective; and has and no-doubt will continue to flair-up resulting in the slaughter of innocent civilians?

    The mustering of enough firepower wasn't the issue. The rules of engagement stipulated that NATO troops could not engage Bosnian, Serb or Croat troops or paramilitary units unless fired upon, and the various military factions of the former Yugoslavia knew this. Seriously, get your facts straight before proceeding to make an even bigger fool of yourself.

    It's spelt check in American English, but I prefer to rely on the original noun, which is 'cheque'.
     
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    :lol:

    Rules of engagement is it?

    :lol:

    Didn't seem to stop the US from bombing the crap out of the former Yugoslavia.
     

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