The War in Kosovo
Links to Slate's recent coverage.
In "The Unhappy Warrior," William Saletan examines President Clinton's struggle between idealism and realism. In "Excuses, Excuses," he discusses Clinton's watered-down apologies for the embassy bombing. In "Yankee Go Home," he lambastes the hell no, we won't go Republicans; in "Double Take," he asks who's miscalculating the belligerence level. In "Kosovo Con Games," he strafes the bogus arguments against the NATO war plans.
In "Strange Bedfellow," David Plotz looks at Israel's complicated response to the Kosovo crisis, shows how Kosovo has turned hawks into doves and doves into hawks, and discusses why the Pentagon is leaking.
Mathew Cooper in "Kill and Die for 'Credibility'?" explains there are good reasons for what we're doing in Yugoslavia. Credibility isn't one of them.
Massa Gessen introduces Viktor Chernomyrdin, the minister nobody knows, in "Assessment."
"The Reverse Domino Theory" says we can prevent genocide.
Jonathan Chait debunks the myth of the underpaid solder in "Crapshoot."
"Explainer" tells how Jesse Jackson frees prisoners; describes NATO's carbon filament fiber bombs; finds out who is the Kosovo Liberation Army; provides a Balkan glossary; and gives the lowdown on which way to pronounce "Kosovo," depending on your politics.
What solution does history dictate for Kosovo? Good question, says David Greenberg in the "History Lesson."
In "Let's Mask a Deal," William Saletan dissects the diplomatic doublespeak for negotiating with Milosevic. In a "Frame Game," he asks: "How can we justify invading Kosovo after promising not to?" and decides that it sounds like a job for Bill Clinton. NATO and Milosevic are playing a head game over who's punishing whom. In "War of Wills," Saletan shows how Milosevic is winning the spin war.
How did Clinton win public support for bombing Serbia? By rephrasing the question, explains Saletan. Some people ask, "Why bomb Serbia?" Clinton asks, "Why not?"
Photograph of Kosovar Albanians and British soldiers by Oleg Popov/Reuters.