21
Jul
2005

The price of empire

AntiWar.Com
by Nebojsa Malic

07/21/05

By all rights, Richard Holbrooke ought to be a has-been. His 15 minutes of fame were under Clinton, when he emerged from the dark shadows of the American 'foreign policy elite' to spearhead a military and political blitz that ended the Bosnian War on Washington's terms. Less stellar was his failure to bully Slobodan Milosevic into surrendering Kosovo in 1998, which resulted in a war that nearly broke apart NATO. When Bush II claimed the 2000 election, Holbrooke's hopes of succeeding Madeleine Albright as secretary of state sank with Al Gore's presidential dreamboat. A similar shipwreck happened last year, when Holbrooke once again emerged from political obscurity to campaign for John Kerry, attempting to contrast the developing fiasco in Iraq with 'victory' in the Balkans. American voters didn't buy it; unfortunately, Bush II eventually did...

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