The Political Interest: Drawing a Line in the Quicksand

Drawing a Line in the Quicksand

MONTEZUMA! TRIPOLI! MACEDONIA! Macedonia? Yes, the former Yugoslav republic, unthreatened and at peace with its neighbors, may nonetheless be sent U.S. troops, thus saving it from a hypothetical Serbian aggression and allowing Bill Clinton to draw a line in the quicksand. Even the Macedonians are laughing. "Why here?" Macedonian Defense Minister Vlade Popovski told reporters. Because "we want to try to confine the conflict ((in Bosnia)) so it doesn't spread to other countries," the President said last week, ignoring the fact that Macedonia hasn't requested U.S. assistance.

What's going on here? "It's called face-saving," says a Clinton adviser dismissively. "It's a...

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