Leadership: February 12, 2000


Defense Secretary Cohen (testifying to Congress on 8 Feb) blasted the NATO European allies for cutting their defense budgets while freeloading on the US military. Cohen said that his charges applied to the Kosovo War, the ongoing peacekeeping operations in Kosovo, and on general military and security issues. Cohen complained that the proposed 6,000-man police force for Kosovo included only 1,900 (of which 400 are from the US) because the Europeans had failed to provide the promised manpower, and that even when these police arrested someone he had to be released because the Europeans had dragged their feet on setting up a judicial system. --Stephen V Cole




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