President Bush calls for Kosovo's independence in a statement which suggests he views the Balkans principally through the prism of US-Russia relations. "U.S. President George W. Bush said on Sunday the United Nations should grant independence quickly to the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo, and if Russia continued to block it then the West would act." Some regard it as part of the President continuing appeasement of the worldwide Muslim constituency. Austin Bay notices that Bush is actually continuing Clinton's Balkan foreign policy -- but even that wins him no credit with the Democrats.
And as I noted, Brzezinski didn't cover Kosovo in his Time Magazine essay. Why the blind spot? Some of the comments on that post offer speculations. Following Occam, there are too likely reasons: either it didn't fit with his anti-Bush tirade or he forgot about it. The Bush Administration is "following the arc" of the Clinton Administration's Kosovo policy. In other words, the Bush Administration is pursuing a multi-administration policy goal — one crossing party lines. I think it very likely that a Democrat administration will do the same on Iraq.What's the President got to do win applause? Visit Albania, maybe, which is 70% Muslim.