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An army of one

In the war on terrorism, alliances are not an obstacle to victory - they're the key to it. So says the American who ran the Kosovo war

By Wesley Clark   December 2002

A few days after 11th September, I was at the Pentagon and ran into an old acquaintance, now a senior official. We chatted about television coverage of the crisis and the impending operation in Afghanistan. I began to talk about how we had waged the war in Kosovo by working within Nato-but he cut me off. “We read your book,” he scoffed. “No one’s going to tell us where we can or can’t bomb.”

That was exactly how the US proceeded. The campaign in Afghanistan wasn’t an all-American show. The US sought and won help from an array of countries.…

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