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McKinney Chides Clinton: Stop Acting Like the Schoolyard Bully and Accept Jackson's Success

May 3, 1999

Decatur, GA -- Commending Jesse Jackson today for his heroic rescue of three servicemen held as prisoners of war in Yugoslavia, Congresswoman McKinney chided President Clinton for acting like the schoolyard bully who doesn't want to admit that he's been bested.
"President Clinton should congratulate Jesse for a job well done and restrain the NATO bombing," according to McKinney.
"Unfortunately, bombing Belgrade has not materially changed the conditions on the ground for the Albanian Kosovars--except to worsen them. NATO's latest civilian casualties are the forty people on the bus. How many more innocent civilians will die before NATO's manhood is proven? In Iraq, over one million innocent civilians have been killed? Is that an acceptable price to pay in Yugoslavian lives?" asks McKinney. "Bill Clinton should stop playing golf and start negotiating to end this misadventure", she concluded.
Jesse Jackson traveled to Yugoslavia without the blessings of the White House to try to obtain the release of the three soldiers captured somewhere near the border of Yugoslavia and Macedonia. After a meeting with Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic, the president decided to release the three soldiers. They are expected to arrive in the United States soon.
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA-4th), ranking Member of the House International Operations and Human Rights Subcommittee, today expressed her shock and total disbelief that former President George Bush would publicly call for the release of the Chilean dictator.

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