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Well, I never stated that the EU was mostly to blame. I said that their diplomacy was horrendous. If you ask me, the EU and the US share equal responsibility. Indeed, I have stated many times here that the initial agreements were scuttled by the likes of James Baker and the Clinton team. However, James Baker was also the last of the Western transatlantic foreign ministers to counsel recognition of the former Yugoslav Republics in the first place. At the very least, he had more foresight than Germany which jumped with both feet into recognition mode.

Americans are opportunists. Once all hell broke loose, they inserted themselves into the fracas. But the initial dunderheaded moves were at least partially the responsibility of the EU.  You can't pretend this was an American plan circa 1990.

by Upstate NY on Mon Dec 10th, 2007 at 03:51:01 PM EST
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