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Posted: 12/29/2005 7:12:18 AM EDT
from:http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20051229&articleId=1665

US Air Strike on China's Embassy in Belgrade in 1999 was Deliberate
The attack planned as a "decapitation" attack, intended to kill Milosevic


December 29, 2005
Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy November-December 2005

Highly-placed NATO sources have confirmed the reason behind the US air strike - with three Tomahawk cruise missiles - against the Embassy of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in Belgrade, (then) Yugoslavia, on May 7, 1999. The then-Clinton Government of the United States said at the time that the strike was accidental, due to faulty maps and intelligence, but this has been disproven by the NATO sources.

The NATO sources told Defense & Foreign Affairs that the attack was based on intelligence that then Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic was to have been in the Embassy at the time of the attack. The attack, then, was deliberately planned as a "decapitation" attack, intended to kill Milosevic.

The London Observer, on October 19, 1999, had said that the attack had been deliberate, noting: "... Politiken newspaper in Denmark and Ed Vulliamy cites senior military and intelligence sources in Europe and the US stating that the embassy was bombed after its NATO electronic intelligence (ELINT) discovered it was being used to transmit Yugoslav army communications.

"Supportive evidence is provided by three other NATO officers - a flight controller operating in Naples, an intelligence officer monitoring Yugoslav radio traffic from Macedonia and a senior headquarters officer in Brussels.

"All three say they knew in April that the Chinese embassy was acting as a "rebro" (rebroadcast) station for the Yugoslav army. The embassy was also suspected of monitoring NATO's cruise missile attacks on Belgrade, with a view to developing effective countermeasures."

The Clinton Administration blamed the attack on inaccurate intelligence information provided by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), alleging that the three missiles, which landed in one corner of the PRC embassy block, had been meant to target the Yugoslav Federal Directorate for Supply and Procurement (FDSP). US Defence secretary William Cohen said at the time: "One of our planes attacked the wrong target because the bombing instructions were based on an outdated map." Sources within the US National Imagery and Mapping Agency reacted with anger at the allegation that their mapping had been at fault.

Moreover, it was clear that Clinton appointee George Tenet, the CIA Director at the time, was involved in the deception operation built around the failed assassination attack.

There was widespread disbelief of the US Clinton Administration claim that the attack was "accidental", but no accurate background information as to why the attack against the Embassy was scheduled. The rationale cited by The Observer was not the true cause of the targeting.

In July 1999, then-CIA Director Tenet testified in Congress that out of the 900 targets struck by NATO during the three-month bombing campaign, only one was developed by the CIA: the PRC Embassy

Link Posted: 12/29/2005 7:16:04 AM EDT
I find it hard to believe that Clinton had the balls to launch an attack like that, given his track record in Iraq.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 7:18:48 AM EDT
I actually heard that where the bombs fell was where the Chinese intelligence office was.

It was a message that we knew they were giving intel to the enemy.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 7:19:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By arbob:
I find it hard to believe that Clinton had the balls to launch an attack like that, given his track record in Iraq.



Maybe Hitlery told him to do it.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 7:21:50 AM EDT
I knew it. The CIA never makes mistakes.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 7:22:42 AM EDT
Still Bush's fault.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 7:27:42 AM EDT
What if it had worked... would they have still claimed that it was an accident?

I call BULL SHIT on this report.

Link Posted: 12/29/2005 7:27:43 AM EDT
There was probably documentation in that embassy highlighting where Klintoon sold us out to our enemies that had to be destroyed
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 7:29:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NeedMoreAmmo:
There was probably documentation in that embassy highlighting where Klintoon sold us out to our enemies that had to be destroyed



WINNER!
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 7:31:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hank_Rearden1:

Originally Posted By NeedMoreAmmo:
There was probably documentation in that embassy highlighting where Klintoon sold us out to our enemies that had to be destroyed



WINNER!



+1!
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 7:48:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hank_Rearden1:

Originally Posted By NeedMoreAmmo:
There was probably documentation in that embassy highlighting where Klintoon sold us out to our enemies that had to be destroyed



WINNER!



Gee...ya think! +1X10^6
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 7:55:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By imposter:
I knew it. The CIA never makes mistakes.



It wasn't the CIA. It was NIMA/NGA
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 8:11:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Zaphod:

Originally Posted By Hank_Rearden1:

Originally Posted By NeedMoreAmmo:
There was probably documentation in that embassy highlighting where Klintoon sold us out to our enemies that had to be destroyed



WINNER!



+1!



+1 Billion

There is no way Clinton would have authorized a decapitation strike, hell, he had 3 chances to decapitate UBL and he didn't. For more info, read Dereliction of Duty; a great book IMHO.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 8:14:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CitySlicker:

Originally Posted By Zaphod:

Originally Posted By Hank_Rearden1:

Originally Posted By NeedMoreAmmo:
There was probably documentation in that embassy highlighting where Klintoon sold us out to our enemies that had to be destroyed



WINNER!



+1!



+1 Billion

There is no way Clinton would have authorized a decapitation strike, hell, he had 3 chances to decapitate UBL and he didn't. For more info, read Dereliction of Duty; a great book IMHO.



Wasn't there a term used for this type of operation?....."Klintonized"?
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 8:16:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/29/2005 8:17:00 AM EDT by Brohawk]
Hmm...

Clinton, Tenet, Clarke, Albright.

Yep. I can see how this happened.

In fairness, according to this article the Chinese forfeited neutrality in that conflict.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 8:17:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By arbob:
I find it hard to believe that Clinton had the balls to launch an attack like that, given his track record in Iraq.



+1

If it was an assassination attempt then Clinton sure as hell didn't know about it.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 8:23:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By H46Driver:

Originally Posted By imposter:
I knew it. The CIA never makes mistakes.



It wasn't the CIA. It was NIMA/NGA


I said that because the article says that "The Clinton Administration blamed the attack on inaccurate intelligence information provided by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)." If the article got that wrong, it would not surprise me as the whole thing sounds like a krock.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 8:27:18 AM EDT

Originally Posted By imposter:
I knew it. The CIA never makes mistakes.



You mean the Clowns In Action?
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 8:27:50 AM EDT
If I recall, we lost an (then new) stealth fighter. I had thought the Yugoslaves had found it and given it to the Chinese, hence the attack.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 8:31:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/29/2005 8:33:00 AM EDT by Dave_A]
Here's one to check:

Tomahawk Missile (ship launched, after START killed the TALCM)

'Our planes hit the wrong target'

I had allways thought the weapon used was a 2,000lb aircraft bomb, not a cruise missile...

But if it was T-hawks and the brass said a plane hit the wrong target, somethin's fishy....

Oh, and if slobo had been killed, it would still have been called an 'accident', as we would NEVER admit to blowing up Chinese territory (their embassy) on purpose...

'Oops, we fucked up, our bad, accident' is not an act of war...

'Target Eliminated, NEXT' is...
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 8:40:54 AM EDT
Actually, it was first officially combat proven during Operation Just Cause in Panama, 1989. Only 10 years old, but far from new.
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