Mission Half Accomplished

Hard lessons from Mogadishu as Clinton pursues military intervention in Bosnia

Bill Clinton's mind was plainly on that other war, in Europe, when he greeted soldiers just home from Mogadishu in a photogenic ceremony on the White House lawn. The imagery was intentional: a President welcoming U.S. troops back from exemplary military intervention abroad. While the occasion was to honor their service in Somalia, its real object was to make Clinton look more like a Commander in Chief as he contemplates a much tougher operation in Bosnia. "Your successful return reminds us that other missions lie ahead for our nation," he said. "You have proved that American leadership can help to mobilize...

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