February 09, 2004

Democrat Foreign Policy Failures

"The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise -- with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disentrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country." -- December 1, 1862 - Lincoln's Second Annual Message to Congress

The Clinton administration has dealt with six high-profile problems- Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti, Bosnia, North Korea and Serbia/Kosovo -which demanded presidential attention, resulted in the deployment of U.S. military forces, and generated congressional and public controversy. All were small-scale operations when compared with U.S. involvement in major twentieth-century conflicts. Yet they are significant because the way they were handled may determine the way future large-scale emergencies are managed by John Kerry.

Shall we see how each panned out?

I opened this post with a quote, I'll close with what must be the Clinton Administration's most infamous last words; uttered in 1996 after the US declined to detain Usama Bin Laden in Sudan.

"He lost his base and momentum," said Samuel R. Berger, Mr. Clinton's national security adviser in his second term.

Posted by feste at February 9, 2004 08:20 PM | TrackBack
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