The United States and other NATO members loudly proclaim that the alliance achieved a great victory in the war against Yugoslavia. According to the conventional wisdom, NATO waged a successful campaign to prevent genocide; enhanced its credibility as an effective institution for preserving peace, stability, and justice in post-Cold War Europe; and intimidated would-be aggressors around the world. However, such claims already ring hollow. It is increasingly apparent that the alliance’s ostensible goal of a tolerant, democratic, and multiethnic Kosovo is a fantasy. Another interminable and futile nation-building mission looms for the United States.
"NATO’s Empty Victory" is a searing indictment of the policies pursued by the United States and its allies. It also warns of the likely consequences -- including prospects for more Kosovo-style interventions -- if those policies are not repudiated.