Today was NATO’s busiest day of the air war so far. Allied officials say their pilots flew a record 650 sorties in the last 24 hours. Of those, about 40 percent were attack flights hitting tanks and artillery in Kosovo. Other targets include a presidential villa that had a command and control bunker. A police station and a train tunnel are also among the sites hit.
NATO says it is quickly moving forward with plans to increase its Kosovo peacekeeping force. Some 14,000 troops are already standing by in Macedonia, waiting to cross the border once the war ends.
Meanwhile, this is the first time since World War II that the U.S. has gone to war without seeking the approval of the U.N. or the U.S. Congress. Under the War Powers Act of 1973, a president must get congressional approval for the “introduction of hostilities” of U.S. forces for more than 60 days. The NATO air campaign began March 24, more than 60 days ago.
- Jeremy Scahill, Pacifica reporter, reporting from Belgrade.
- Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights.