Balkan Action Committee

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Group.png Balkan Action Committee   SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
HeadquartersWashington DC
Membership• Morton Abramowitz
• Saul Bellow
• Zbigniew Brzezinski
• Richard Burt
• Frank Charles Carlucci III
• Dennis DeConcini
• Paula Dobriansky
• Geraldine Ferraro
• Robert Hunter
• Philip Kaiser
• Max M. Kampelman
• Lane Kirkland
• Jeane J. Kirkpatrick
• Peter Kovler
• Ron Lehman
• John O'Sullivan
• Richard N. Perle
• Eugene V. Rostow
• Donald H. Rumsfeld
• Stephen Solarz
• Helmut Sonnenfeldt
• William Howard Taft
• Elie Wiesel
• Paul Dundes Wolfowitz
• Elmo Zumwalt
• James Hooper
• Kurt Bassuener

The Balkan Action Committee (also known as the (Balkan Action Council) was an temporary spooky committee created to spread propaganda and pressure for the 1999 NATO air war and takeover of Kosovo. According to its own words, it "played a significant role in carrying out its mandate to educate the public, administration, media, and Congress on the implications of this crisis for American values, leadership and interests"[1]


the committee was led by James Hooper, a career diplomat (or diplomatic cover) and former diplomat-in-residence at the United States Air Force Academy, and the regime change expert Kurt Bassuener, educated at George Soros' Central European University.[2]

It placed an ad in the May 13, 1999, edition of The New York Times "calling for NATO ground forces in Yugoslavia."

Louis Proyect, commenting online about the ad <ref></ref, wrote:

The ad was "signed by an odd mixture of neo-conservatives and 'leftists' including Bianca Jagger and 'Rabbi' Michael Lerner, the portly editor of Tikkun and erstwhile 1960s radical. Lerner was 'spiritual adviser' to the Clintons for a brief time about 5 years ago, urging 'communitarian' values upon the thuggish Arkansas president and his wife.

"They [Jagger and Lerner] are window-dressing, however. The real forces behind Balkans Action are the hardline anticommunists who emerged during the Reagan era. This is the executive committee, as announced on their website (now defunct):

"Except for Geraldine Ferraro, this is basically the same group that made up the Committee on the Present Danger (version 2), which was chaired by the atrocious Jeane Kirkpatrick and flourished under Ronald Reagan. It promoted Star Wars, intervention in Central America, Afghanistan and Angola and all sorts of other militantly counterrevolutionary adventures. The point is that the war in the Balkans is not a 'progressive's' war. The most important sector of reactionary opinion in the United States is represented by this executive committee and should remind us that the war is a continuation of the anticommunist crusade launched by Reagan 20 years ago." [1]