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Military Role of the US in Balkans

     Americans view Congress askance, and many wonder what the military is doing, notably in the Kosovo matter. While Congress usually engages in its political game, committee hearings are informative. This was true of the hearings which the House Armed Services Committee held on U.S. policy in the Balkans.
     General Walter Slocombe, the Strategic Allied Commander, and Walter Slocombe, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, gave cogent and well-documented acounts of the government's policy, which they defended. Committee members also made a good impression, although the Republicans took a "yes, but" attitude. The completely negative attitude of the Serb government gives extraordinary importance to these hearings. Now, more than ever, NATO must remain united. Even France is collaborating better then expected.

Ronald Hilton - 03/19/99