A Durable Peace?

Eyes of the Mind

The CIA has just released a collection of documents called Bosnia, Intelligence, and the Clinton Presidency.  At a brief glance, there is nothing sensational, and I would be astounded if a deeper analysis revealed anything other than what the CIA and the powers-that-be are comfortable with as public knowledge.  However, that is not to say that it does not make interesting reading.  One document in particular elicited more than a few wry grins from me.  It is a secret memorandum written by Madeline Albright (U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations) for the National Security Advisor on August 3, 1995, just two days before Operation Storm.

In this memo, Albright advocates that the U.S (belatedly) take leadership with regard to the Bosnian situation, saying “we must stop thinking of Bosnia as a ‘tar baby’”.  This term, which conjures up images of Br’er Rabbit lashing out at a ball of…

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