"This is playing with fire. In (that area), signs of impatience can be misinterpreted as symptoms of weakness. We cannot afford that in a region where weakness attracts vultures."
Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State under President Clinton, to Senator Byrd, who wanted to limit US involvement in the Balkans.
Ms. Albright went on, "We will not achieve our goals in Southeast Europe if our eyes are always on the clock and our focus is solely on what others do. We are more than bookkeepers and spectators. We are leaders, and our fundamental objective in Southeast Europe is not to leave. It's to win."
How soon they forget.