In a memo to the Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, President Bush cleared the path for Kosovo to receive arms aid from the United States. He wrote:The Russians are not amused.
"Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 503(a) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, and section 3(a)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended, I hereby find that the furnishing of defense articles and defense services to Kosovo will strengthen the security of the United States and promote world peace.” [emph added]
"They (Washington) say the weapons will help fight terrorism. At the same time, it is namely former terrorists who are in power in Kosovo right now," Itar-Tass quoted [Russia’s ambassador to NATO Dmitry] Rogozin as saying in Brussels.Dmitry asks a very good question but he shouldn't expect a very good answer. Even Dmitry knows the US has gone down this path before, and these guys, chatty Mujahadin schmoozing with Saint Ronnie, Slayer of Evil Empires, in the Oval Office, didn’t even have a six-pack of Quaker State to fight over.
"How can you fight terrorism, supplying weapons to former terrorists?" [emph added]