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The initiative made little military sense; even if the costs of such an operation were worth it, it was far from clear what the next step would be. ” Clinton said to his aides after he hung up. “Then what do we do? Do we go out and then they take it back? ”41 A Major Proposal Clinton immediately called British Prime Minister Major and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, and they wondered aloud whether Chirac was serious or whether he was bluffing to capture the moral high ground. Whatever Chirac’s intention, the three leaders recognized they had to do something.

As Frasure’s references to the 1996 elections suggest, Christopher was not convinced that the American people would support such a move. 33 Op-plan 40104: “Everything but the Kitchen Sink” The key part of Christopher’s message to President Clinton—and one of the reasons for his caution—was what he described as the “failure scenario” of UNPROFOR withdrawal and the American commitment to help it do so. For the past month, Christopher and his senior team (as well as NSC officials such as Sandy Berger) had worried that Op-plan 40104 entailed a massive military commitment with little flexibility to adjust to specific circumstances.

S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Albright used her Cabinet rank and place among the President’s senior advisers to push for an aggressive approach to end the war. She had long believed that for political, strategic, and moral reasons, the United States could not stand aside while Serb aggression went unchecked. Albright also knew the damage Bosnia was doing to America’s role in the world. From her perspective at the United Nations, she saw how Bosnia weakened America’s diplomatic leverage. S.

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