This is an excerpt of an editorial that was published by the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph yesterday:
THREE weeks after the onset of war against Serbia, the prime minister has at last deigned to explain the government's bellicose policy to the House of Commons. It was a perfunctory performance, one that restated the moral purpose of military action in the Balkans but failed to offer evidence that the campaign is achieving worthwhile results.
As the leader of a supporting power, Prime Minister Tony Blair is in the difficult position of defending a policy that he does not control. It is the White House that is chiefly responsible for the planning and conduct of a war that has involved inadequate levels of force at every stage, uncannily reminiscent of the ill-fated incrementalism of the Vietnam War.
It is now clear that NATO made a strategic error in threatening Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic before it had a credible level of military force in the region.
Pub Date: 4/15/99