I believe Clinton involved us and backed Kosovo thinking that he could appease the Islamic terrorists....it has of course done no such thing and has instead emboldened them. Another mess left over from the Clinton years.
"backed Kosovo thinking that he could appease the Islamic terrorists."
*****yes, that is one reason I've heard. Also, it's part of a strategy to break down the Balkan states. There's also an oil pipline coming through the Balkans.
I think it was a few related things.
First, Clinton absolutely did not want to have another Rwanda-type genocide on his hands, and the truth is that the recent history of the region was "in favor" of a real genocide taking place, if not nipped in the bud.
Second, Clinton's cynical side cannot be ignored: even if there wasn't a serious genocide going on, it would be good politics for him to act as if there were.
Finally, Clinton wanted to be known a Wartime President -- recall that he was legacy-building by this time. And thus Rambouillet Accords, especially Appendix B, confronted Slobbo with an ultimatum (occupation by NATO) that no country could accept.
When Clinton was wavering the Republicans including Bob Dole, National Review and others were accusing him of Chamberlain like appeasement.