By M.V. Pejakovich(The following is my final update of the Kosovo Litmus Test, prior to the US Presidential elections.)
Even the best of us have a hard time keeping up with all the subtleties of every foreign policy issue around the world and what each presidential candidate's position on that issue is. But of all the foreign policy issues, Kosovo is perhaps one of the best issue we could possibly use as a test of foreign policy ability for a presidential candidate, largely because it involves both integrity and how the candidate sees the role of the
Today, we know that there was no "genocide of 100,000 Kosovars", neither on the ground, nor in the supposed "planning stages". It was all a propaganda production, designed to get us to support the 1999 NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia and ultimately support Kosovo (Albanian)
So which of the current crop of Presidential candidates, who include some of those who were in Congress in 1999, were honest and which ones were bought? Who stood up for American decency and who still actively supports the lie that "Kosovo was a success" and we should defend Islamofascists?
(CP) Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party. Chuck Baldwin raised the alarm on Kosovo intervention early on his radio programs, telling Americans that they were being lied to about the 1999 NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia. Chuck Baldwin has the endorsement of Representative Ron Paul, who showed aggressive opposition to the 1999 NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia, both during and after the bombing. and led a bi-partisan coalition that actually sued President Clinton for violating the War Powers Act as a result of that bombing. Chuck Baldwin believes that neither the President nor Congress have the right to exceed the powers granted to them by the US Constitution and the American people, and as such is a non-interventionist.
(L) Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party. Bob Barr as Georgia's Senator was part of the same coalition that sued President Clinton for the NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia and voted against the invasion of Kosovo. Has stated that "America's purpose has never been to be an occupying power".
(G) Cynthia McKinney of the Green Party. Cynthia McKinney voted yes to prevent the United States from invading Kosovo in 1999. She also wants to close United Nations psychiatric hospitals in Kosovo because there is proof many prisoners have been raped and beaten in front of a pathetic staff in the facility. Cynthia McKinney voiced concern that "our limited engagement in Kosovo has become a permanent occupation."
(R) Senator John McCain who made his name nationally known by advocating the 1999 NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia, and the empowerment of radical Islamofascists in the Balkans. Back in 1999, McCain even advocated the we send American troops into Kosovo on behalf of the secessionist drug-running KLA. McCain has consistently been on the Albanian American Civic League's payroll and even marched with them a year after the NATO intervention. McCain is an active interventionists and has surrounded himself with foreign lobbyists who are just itching to start the next war that McCain can "promise to protect us from". Sarah Palin, as much as we would like to see her as "one of us", is just a sock puppet cheerleader intended to bolster McCain's chances to occupy the Oval Office.
(D) Barack Obama began on my "The Jury is Still Out List", but infected by Serbophobe Joe Biden, Barrack Obama has embraced Albanians and Kosovo Independence with both arms. Hard to tell which came first -- believing the bald-faced lie that there really "500,000 Albanians in the US" (when the US Census shows 157,000) or the rotten egg named "Biden" he chose as a running mate -- but Barack Obama has definitely gone over to the dark side on this issue, and now lies through his teeth as well as Biden about Kosovo.
Biden, not only backed the 1999 NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia, he co-sponsored the bill with Senator John McCain that would have put American troops on the ground in Kosovo. Biden actually wrote an article describing why "All Opponents of Kosovo Independence Must Be Stopped"-- obviously forgetting that the
The Kosovo issue is both a foreign policy test and and test of integrity.
Yet the issue of integrity knows no borders. If they can lie to us about what's happening overseas, they can lie to us about what's happening in our own country. Our current financial crisis is a perfect example of how "business as usual" in DC can lie to us with a straight face and sell us all out.
This presidential election, like most of the elections I can remember over the last 20 years has, for most people, become a choice between "the lesser of evils". Fear of one of the major candidates over the other, keeps us running to elect "one of the two", "the lesser of evils", when in fact who we should really be afraid of is both of them! The lesser of evils is still evil! Bankrupting us with useless wars abroad, or bankrupting us with bailouts still leaves us what? Bankrupt!
If there was ever a year for telling traditional DC Republicans and Democrats that we are sick of them bailing out their banker buddies on our dime, and tired of financing their attempts at ruling the world at America's expense, this is the year!
Vote third party, not just for the sake of "Kosovo" -- that was just the test -- vote for a third party (my choice is Chuck Baldwin) for the sake of America!