"Everyone knew that date (June 1998) was a fraud," says Thompson, who notes Washington insiders are joking the U.S. Implementation Force that has become a Stabilization Force may be about to be renamed the Permanent Force. "Plainly, what they do now is just change the name of the Bosnian initiative whenever they run out of time." Thompson points out there's not much public opposition to continuing the deployment because none of the soldiers have been killed.
WASHINGTON: The White House is preparing for battle to keep troops stationed in Bosnia beyond June 1998, the scheduled withdrawal date originally promised by President Clinton for 8,500 U.S. personnel. TIME State Department correspondent Mark Thompson reports the administration is worried Congress could cut funding for the peace mission beyond that date, though he says it's no surprise the President wants to keep the soldiers there past his deadline.