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.