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Time to Rule in a Ground Option in Libya

By Michael Hirsh, National Journal - April 20, 2011

It's all bombing under the bridge now, but more than a decade ago President Clinton faced a crucial decision after a two-month NATO air campaign had failed to dislodge Serb autocrat Slobodan Milosevic from the besieged province of Kosovo. Would the U.S. president finally order a ground campaign, even though he had firmly ruled that out in the beginning? Clinton didn't have to in the end, but it was a closer-run thing than most people realize: just hours before Milosevic and the Serbs finally agreed to withdraw, the president had scheduled a meeting with his Joint Chiefs to mull a ground invasion. It was the nightmare scenario in a fight that barely seemed to register on the Richter scale of U.S. national interests.

Not unlike Libya today.

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