- What is the truth about US/NATO losses
in the 'concluded' war against Yugoslavia? The president says the US and
NATO lost only two aircraft...in over 30,000 SORTIES over a 2 and 1/2 month
campaign. Meanwhile, rumors and reports continue to come in painting a
far different picture.
- During his June 7 appearance on the program,
Chicago-based journalist Sherman Skolnick said he had received multiple,
reliable reports from sources in Europe that the USS Gonzales had *possibly*
been sunk and that the carrier Roosevelt had *possibly* been damaged and
knocked out of action. This raised several complaints about Mr. Skolnick's
statements from listeners. We have been endeavoring to research these reports
ever since. Here are the results of our request for your help:
- USS Gonzales
- From: Dave <email@example.com Subject:
USS Gonzalez - No damage Tue, 22 Jun 1999 18:01:13 -0300
- Subject: Dear Amy I have a question about
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1999 18:01:13 -0300
From: "xxx" <xxx.navy.mil (name is on file)
- I'm fine, the ship's fine. Where are
you getting your info??? Right now we're sitting off the coast of Bermuda.
No liberty boats so all we can do is sit here and wish we were on the
island. Be home by Friday. Don't know if I'll have a phone hooked up
or not. I'll call as soon as I do. I don't know anything about the party
on the pier. I intend to walk off the brow, throw my stuff in the Jeep,
jump on the back of a Harley, and take the long way home.
- Cohen Stops In Spain To See
USS Theodore Roosevelt
- (we posted this two days ago
- ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER THEODORE
ROOSEVELT (Reuters) - U.S. Defence Secretary William Cohen on Sunday visited
this big American warship in Spain, praising the crew's role in 11 weeks
of NATO airstrikes that drove Yugoslavia to accept peace in Kosovo.
- Cohen stopped at Palma on the island
of Majorca en route home from a busy European trip, which included a stop
in Kosovo, to visit the Roosevelt docked in the harbour.
- The Roosevelt was making a port call
after steaming the Adriatic, where U.S. Navy pilots dropped laser- and
satellite- guided bombs on targets in Serbia.
- ``I wanted to come here to express my
appreciation for what an incredible job you have done, for what you do
day in and day out,'' he told the crew.
- On Saturday, Cohen became the first senior
U.S. official to visit Kosovo since the air war began. He met with U.S.
Marines and army airborne troops in the American peacekeeping sector of
- The secretary, who also visited a refugee
camp in Macedonia, where he was cheered repeatedly by ethnic Albanians
who were driven from their country by Serb forces,'' said, ``yesterday
was a very memorable moment for me.''
- ``To see the gratitude of the people
who have been liberated from one of the greatest atrocities since World
War Two, was wonderful,'' he said.
- Cohen later flew back to Washington,
D.C., ending a trip that began with three days of negotiations in Helsinki
with Russian officials. Those talks opened the way for 3,600 Russian troops
to serve in the NATO-led Kosovo peacekeeping force (KFOR).