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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, June 21, 1999 Volume 35--Number 24 Pages 1085-1139 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Congressional Gold Medal, award ceremony honoring Rosa Parks--1111 Gun control legislation--1109, 1128 Illinois Commencement address at the University of Chicago in Chicago-- 1098 Illinois Air National Guard in Chicago--1103 Kosovar refugees, videotape remarks--1097 Missouri, Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster--1085 Radio address--1097 Switzerland, International Labor Organization Conference in Geneva-- 1117 ``Work Incentives Improvement Act,'' proposed--1113 Communications to Congress Brazil, message reporting on U.S. participation in a multilateral guarantee of a credit--1115 Commodity Credit Corporation, message transmitting report--1114 Kosovo International Security Force, letter reporting the deployment of U.S. military personnel--1107 Communications to Federal Agencies Strengthening Our Commitment to Service Through Voluntary Opportunities, memorandum--1127 Suspension of Limitation Under the Jerusalem Embassy Act, memorandum--1130 Executive Orders Amendment to Executive Order 13073, Year 2000 Conversion--1108 Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor--1105 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Cologne, Germany--1130, 1132, 1135 Paris, France--1128 Interview with Jim Lehrer of the PBS ``NewsHour''--1091 News conference with President Chirac of France in Paris, June 17 (No. 175)--1122 Meetings With Foreign Leaders France, President Chirac--1122 Germany, Chancellor Schroeder--1135 Japan, Prime Minister Obuchi--1130 United Kingdom, Prime Minister Blair--1132 Proclamations Father's Day--1136 Flag Day and National Flag Week--1090 Gay and Lesbian Pride Month--1089 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Statements by the President Energy Department weapons labs, President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board report--1114 House action on gun control legislation--1135, 1136 ``Immigrant Children's Health Improvement Act of 1999,'' proposed-- 1121 ``Work Incentives Improvement Act,'' proposed--1121 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1139 Checklist of White House press releases--1138 Digest of other White House announcements--1137 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1138 [[Page 1085]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1085-1089] Monday, June 21, 1999 Volume 35--Number 24 Pages 1085-1139 Week Ending Friday, June 18, 1999 Remarks at Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, Missouri June 11, 1999 Thank you very, very much. General Lyles, thank you for your introduction and your service. I'd like to thank General Barnidge for making me feel right at home. You can tell he's pretty proud of you, and he makes a good speech, doesn't he? I didn't know whether he was a politician or a general the first time I met him. [Laughter] I've got the coin, General. [Laughter] I think I know the rules. You got yours? [Laughter] Actually, ladies and gentlemen, when I discovered these coins, I decided one way I could always remember the men and women of our military is to keep every coin I receive visible. And for as long as I have been President, I have done that. And if you saw the speech I gave last night on Kosovo, when the camera zooms in I have three racks of these coins behind me. I now have nearly 300 of these, from every unit, every enlisted person, every officer, every commander that has given me one of these, I still have the coins. And everyone who comes into the Oval Office sees them all, to remember you and what you do for our country. And this will be on that desk tonight when I get home, and I thank you for it very much. I want to thank my good friend Congressman Ike Skelton for representing you so well and representing all of America's military families and military interests so well. I'd like to thank my National Security Adviser, Sandy Berger, who did a lot of working in planning and executing our efforts in Kosovo and others who have come here with me today. There are a large number of Congressmen here, and I want to acknowledge all of them, because I think it's important that you know you have broad support. We have four Members from Missouri here, in addition to Congressman Skelton: Congresswoman Pat Danner, Congresswoman Karen McCarthy, and Congressman Kenny Hulshof from Missouri. They are all here. I'd like to ask them to stand and be recognized. [Applause] We have Congressman Norm Dicks from Washington and Congressman Steny Hoyer from Maryland, as you heard, two big supporters of the B-2 program. We have Congressman Leonard Boswell from Iowa and Congressman Dennis Moore from Kansas, two of your neighbors here. And we have two Congressmen who came all the way from New York State, Congressman Eliot Engel and Congressman Peter King. I'd like to ask the rest of the members of the congressional delegation to stand. I thank them for being here. [Applause] We all came down from Washington today on behalf of your fellow Americans to salute the men and women of Whiteman Air Force Base, to thank you for a job well done, to honor you for the way you honor America. Over the past few months, our Nation has faced an extraordinary challenge, a decade of brutal policies in the former Yugoslavia, and in particular, in Kosovo, exploded into a humanitarian catastrophe when Serbian troops evicted over one million people from homes they had lived in with their families for generations. It was the culmination of a long campaign by the Serbian President, Mr. Milosevic, to exploit ethnic and religious differences to strengthen his power over the people of the former Yugoslavia. Now, in nearly every country, at some point or another there are demagogs who have tried to exploit people's ethnic, racial, and religious differences. The difference here is that he wasn't just calling people names. This exploitation involved mass murder, mass rape, mass burning, mass destruction of religious and cultural institutions and personal property records, an attempt to erase the very presence of a people from their land, and to get rid of them dead or alive. We have come to call it ethnic cleansing. The International War Crimes Tribunal [[Page 1086]] prosecutor indicted Mr. Milosevic and the leaders who worked with him for war crimes and crimes against humanity. It is that which the B-2's from Whiteman flew to reverse. I asked you, our Armed Forces, and our NATO Allies, to act when all of our diplomatic efforts failed after Mr. Milosevic had already put 40,000 troops and 300 tanks in and around Kosovo. I asked you to act early because the world community took 4 long years to mobilize itself to stop the aggression in Bosnia, and by the time it happened, there were a quarter of a million people dead and 2\1/2\ million refugees. And the great dream that we all had, after World War II and after the cold war, that finally Europe would be free and undivided and at peace, and Americans would never have to go there in large numbers to fight and die again, was threatened by the oldest demon of human society, our fear and hatred of people who are different from us. That is what he exploited, in a systematic way, to threaten the future stability and peace of Europe and the security of the United States and to do unspeakable humanitarian horrors to innocent civilians. So when diplomacy failed, we and our NATO Allies acted. We attacked the Serb forces with air power for 79 days with three goals: first, to return the refugees with security and self-government; second, to get the Serb forces out of Kosovo; and finally, to have an international security force, with NATO at its core, to deploy to protect all the people of that troubled land, the ethnic Albanians and the ethnic Serbs. Today, the three objectives have been achieved. The Serbian forces are withdrawing, an international force with NATO at its core is preparing to enter, and very soon the refugees will go home. Mr. Milosevic accepted these conditions for one reason: You made him do it. Thanks to you and the others who flew and supported our air mission and those of our NATO Allies, he ran out of room, and he ran out of time. And thanks to you, the century is ending, not with helpless indignation over such unspeakable cruelty but with its opposite, a ringing affirmation by free people of human dignity. It was not an easy campaign. Kosovo is a long way from Whiteman, even in a B-2. We had to coordinate all the details with 18 NATO Allies. The Serbs had sophisticated air defenses. They placed innocent civilians around military targets. The weather was often downright atrocious, especially when we began the operation. Yet, day after day, with remarkable precision, our forces pounded every element of Mr. Milosevic's military machine, from tanks to fuel supply, to anti-aircraft weapons, to the military and political support. Most Americans will never know how hard this was or how hard our forces worked, the pilots, the crews, the people who make it happen on the ground. But I want you to know that we are very proud of you. I'd like to single out a few groups for special thanks today. The pilots, the crews, the weaponeers, the maintenance personnel, who are part of the B-2 team stationed here at Whiteman should take special pride in proving what a truly remarkable aircraft can do, flying 30-hour sorties, dropping ordnance, returning to base, night after night. And as our Commander said, as far as we know, they still don't know you were there. Listen to this: The B-2's from Whiteman flew less than one percent of the total missions, but dropped 11 percent of the bombs. We honor the pilots and the crews, but we should never forget that for every 2-man mission, about 60 people from the mission planning cell worked 2 or 3 days to make sure nothing went wrong. That's what I call teamwork. You put real meaning into the 509th's motto, ``Follow Us.'' A lot of good people are about to follow you back home to Kosovo, and I thank you for it.
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