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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, June 21, 1999
Volume 35--Number 24
Pages 1085-1139

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Congressional Gold Medal, award ceremony honoring Rosa Parks--1111

    Gun control legislation--1109, 1128
        Commencement address at the University of Chicago in Chicago--

        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--
    ``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, 

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


    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.)

Editor's Note: The President was in Cologne, Germany, on June 18, the 
closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the 
Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in 
this issue will be printed next week.


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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--
    ``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

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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? 
    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 
    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 
    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

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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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