I meant to blog this back in October, when I first got it:

Hi Julia,
I just wanted to bring your attention to an article I read on National Review.

It concerns the 20th anniversary of the “Black Hawk Down” incident in Somalia.

The article hums along and is, for the most part, cogent, until the writer, Jonathan Foreman, feels compelled to bash the Serbs (seemingly form out of nowhere) by citing our cutting and running in Somalia as an example of emboldening our enemies such as Osama Bin Laden and, wait for it, Slobodan Milosevic!

Here is the money quote: “It was that decision, not the (admittedly skillful and courageous) downing of two Black Hawk helicopters by Somali fighters, that so impressed Osama bin Laden (who cited it often as evidence of the fundamental weakness and cowardice of America and her military) and emboldened the likes of Slobodan Milosevic when he continued his ethnic cleansing in defiance of U.S. threats.”

I don’t understand the continued obsession with the Serbian bogeyman by the anointed at NR and other conservative publications. Such bullshit made me cancel my subscription to the magazine during the Balkans crisis, and other publications such as the Weekly Standard joined in the chorus for punishing the evil Serbs. I wish I could craft a reply to the idiocy of the statement, but I am not as skilled in such matters as you. Anyway, I wanted to bring it to your attention, as it is something I see far too often when a conservative writer writes commentary on American foreign policy (vid the recent debates on Syria).

–Andrew R.