Tearing Down Milosevic

Washington resorts to a bag of tricks to try to get Yugoslavia a new leader

The CIA, to put it charitably, has a spotty record on overthrowing foreign governments. The times it has succeeded--in Guatemala, Iran and Chile, for example--it replaced fairly moderate governments with far more brutal regimes. And when dictators deserved the boot, the agency has been rather inept at toppling them. The CIA has been trying to oust Saddam Hussein ever since the Gulf War ended eight years ago, but he is more firmly entrenched than ever.

Now another American President has put his faith in the spooks from Langley to get rid of an unsavory leader, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. As NATO...

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