Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

By General Wesley K. Clark | Go to book overview

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DIPLOMACY BACKED BY FORCE

BEFORE LEAVING FOR Albania on the morning of June 2, I received a memorandum from Doc Fogelsong on the results of Strobe Talbott's meeting in Bonn that day with the Russians, detailing the principles on which an agreement to end the fighting was to be based. It seemed to have maintained the "red lines" I had established, but just barely: it called for the withdrawal of "all" Serb military, police and paramilitary; it required a subsequent Military Technical Agreement to work out the details for the withdrawal of the Serbs and suspension of military activity; and it required "an international security presence with substantial NATO participation [to be] deployed under unified command and control and authorized to establish a safe environment," and under U.N. authority. A footnote explained that "substantial NATO participation" meant having NATO at the core, and that in turn meant a unified NATO chain of command under the political direction of the North Atlantic Council. Russia's participation was recognized to require additional agreements.

I had no doubt that Washington was determined to insure that NATO was in charge of the mission. Still, my political adviser, Mike Durkee, and I were uncomfortable. The reference to NATO authority

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Waging Modern War *
  • Contents *
  • Cast of Characters *
  • List of Abbreviations *
  • Introduction *
  • Part I - Into the Balkans *
  • One - The Cold War Is over *
  • Two - Crisis Management *
  • Three - To Dayton and Back *
  • Part II - The Road to War *
  • Four - Wearing Two Hats *
  • Five Carrots and Sticks *
  • Six - Diplomacy Backed by Threat *
  • Seven - The Three-Ring Circus *
  • Part III - The Air Campaign *
  • Eight Battle Rhythm *
  • Nine - Apaches and Targets *
  • Ten - The Strategic Battlefield *
  • Eleven - The Ground Option *
  • Twelve - Resistance and Persistence *
  • Part IV - Endgame *
  • Thirteen - Holding Steady *
  • Fourteen - Diplomacy Backed by Force *
  • Fifteen - Pristina Airfield *
  • Sixteen - The Good Fight *
  • Conclusion *
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Index *
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