THE GOOD FIGHT
ALONG WITH THE SWELL of refugees returning to Kosovo during late June and early July came an increasing number of what we called "distinguished visitors." One of the first was Secretary of Defense William Cohen, who met with some of our troops and with Albanians in the American sector. He also visited with our airmen at Aviano, Italy. It was a warm summer day in Kosovo, and thousands of Albanians were on the streets of Urosevac, eager to show their gratitude to the Americans. I was impressed by the deep emotion of the Albanian crowds. In his speeches to the troops and to the airmen, Cohen was generous in his praise for our command. I appreciated the kind personal letter he sent to me, too.
President Clinton arrived in Macedonia on June 22 to visit our troops, though he didn't at that time go into Kosovo. It was a pleasure to see him and his family, and he seemed to take a real satisfaction from what had been achieved. Sandy Berger and Jim Steinberg were ebullient. It was done. NATO had succeeded. They felt sure that Milosevic would be gone, perhaps soon.
After the visit in Macedonia, I flew back to Germany with the presidential party on the C-17 cargo plane that was temporarily serving as