For the longest time, and spanning two administrations, the U.S. State Department’s policy on Kosovo has been that independence is a foregone conclusion. All that b.s. about Albanians having to stop the killing in order to get statehood — you know: standards before status — Foggy Bottom of course never meant that. It’s been “Kill a Serb, Get a State.” Period. When it comes to the Serbs, we will defy every existing international norm of statecraft that we ever worked to establish.

But an interesting thing happened last week. It would appear that a single, heretofore distracted, member of the Bush administration understands the implications of defaulting to Clinton policy on the Balkans for the past six years — and is belatedly doing something to help fight against the jihad there while simultaneously helping it along via the Kosovo giveaway:

Bush authorizes arming of Serbia

March 20, 2007 — In a memorandum to the Secretary of State, President Bush has authorized arming of Serbia and its once partner, Montenegro.

According to the White House Press Release, President Bush has authorized “furnishing defense articles and defense services” to both, Montenegro and Serbia.

“Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 503(a) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, and section 3(a)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended, I hereby find that the furnishing of defense articles and defense services to the Republic of Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia will strengthen the security of the United States and promote world peace,” says the George Bush memo to the Secretary of State.

It is not clear whether “furnishing” implies sale of arms or a grant of arms to Serbia.

Addressing the Secretary of State, President George Bush further orders that “You are authorized and directed to transmit this determination to the Congress and to arrange for the publication of this determination in the Federal Register.”

Yes, this amounts to scooping out bucketfuls of water from a boat with a hole in the bottom, but it’s more than we’ve done so far.