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Getting in is easy...

...getting out isn't.

Remember what President Clinton said about Kosovo?

"The thing that bothers me about introducing ground troops into a hostile situation, into Kosovo and into the Balkans, is the prospect of never being able to get them out."
(Interview by Dan Rather of CBS News, March 31)

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release June 22, 2012
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On June 26, 2001, by Executive Order 13219 [Which in turn references the Dayton Accords], the President [Bush] declared a national emergency with respect to the Western Balkans, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706), to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions of persons engaged in, or assisting, sponsoring, or supporting (i) extremist violence in the Republic of Macedonia and elsewhere in the Western Balkans region, or (ii) acts obstructing implementation of the Dayton Accords in Bosnia or United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of June 10, 1999, in Kosovo. The President subsequently amended that order in Executive Order 13304 of May 28, 2003.

Because the actions of persons threatening the peace and international stabilization efforts in the Western Balkans continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, the national emergency declared on June 26, 2001, and the measures adopted on that date and thereafter to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond June 26, 2012.

Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act
(50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency with respect to the Western Balkans.

This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

June 22, 2012.

Of course, this statement still holds true, too (same source as above)...

"Our objectives in Kosovo are clear and consistent with both the moral imperative of reversing ethnic cleansing and killing and our overwhelming national interest in a peaceful, undivided Europe, which will ensure we will not have to send large numbers of young Americans to die there in the next century in a war."
(Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, May 31)


"Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be.

But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.

She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.

She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.

She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. " - John Quincy Adams.
Question-  Aren't we in the Balkans because the Muzzies are/were killing their non-muzzie neighbors?

Frankly, I no longer give a darn, my dears, about Muzzies killing each other.  Nor do I think we should waste blood or treasure being nice to them.

Tolerate them within their borders, but if they step one foot outside, it should be free fire zone.
We need not launch a Crusade to spread Christendom, but we damn sure need to insist they respct others' freedom of religion and thier borders.

Out of Balkans today.  Out of Afghanistan tomorrow.
Clinton also said, if memory serves, as he was winding us up to go over there, that we'd only be there a year.

How'd that work out for us?
 John (NTA), if my memory serves me right, for the record, many times, it doesn't, dang CRS!  It seems to me that we were killing the Christians, to protect the Muslims. As I look at this through the eyes of 9/11, I feel like we've been screwed everyway, but loose.
 HInton - I actually searched for that timing assertion, but couldn't find it as a direct quote anywhere.