Increasingly, discussion of policy options to salvage the disastrous US policy on Kosovo has turned to the prospect of an intervention mission with ground forces. The primary American objection to such a force is based on the problem that the American public does not support such a policy.
Should these objections become outweighed by the view that the United States must accept responsibility for stopping the humanitarian disaster it has helped to create, the United States will have to face another major obstacle to such a mission. Intervention with NATO forces alone and without Russian participation will lack legitimacy and is likely to be the final blow against meaningful Russian security cooperation with the United States for a very long time. Somehow, a way must be found to end this crisis through cooperation with Russia. […]