Vets Want US Troops Out of Balkans
May. 06, 1999
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The nation's largest veterans organization has urged President Clinton to immediately withdraw U.S. troops from the Balkans.
``We believe the best thing we can do to support our troops, to protect our troops, is to bring them home,'' said Harold L. ``Butch'' Miller, national commander of The American Legion. ``We believe we are getting into a bad situation in Kosovo.''
The Legion's national executive committee unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday calling for all U.S. soldiers, pilots and support staff to be removed from the region.
The resolution says the U.S.-led NATO attacks against Serbia ``could only lead to troops being killed, wounded or captured without advancing any clear purpose, mission or objective.''
The Legion would permit U.S. involvement if Congress passes a resolution supporting the NATO action; U.S. troops are led only by U.S. commanders; the president explains why the action is ``in our vital national interests;'' and guidelines for the campaign, including an exit strategy, are established.
The Legion, which represents about 2.9 million American veterans, has scheduled a news conference today to discuss the resolution, which is being delivered to the White House and all members of Congress.