The American public wasn’t clamoring for military intervention in Bosnia nearly two decades ago, but former President Bill Clinton says foreign policy decisions cannot be made by the polls.
Clinton rallied U.S. allies to support airstrikes to end the ethnic killings in the region in the 1990s. But some of more than 300 recently released documents show that gaining support for U.S. intervention in Bosnia wasn’t an easy sell.
Clinton spoke about the conflict during a symposium on Tuesday in Little Rock. He also praised the CIA’s release of newly declassified documents about intelligence and presidential policymaking during the Bosnian conflict.
The 1992-1995 war left more than 100,000 people dead. Bosnia remained independent after the war ended with the Dayton peace accord, but it divided into two autonomous regions.