This White House seems to have no foreign policy vision and no interest in developing one. This is a bad political mistake—even for an administration that would prefer to focus “like a laser beam” on domestic problems. It is the charisma established on international questions that gives the American presidency its imperial aura, which can sometimes be successfully parlayed in domestic politics. The bad polls on Clinton’s foreign policy performance will greatly weaken his ability to mobilize support for his social programs.
But the greatest sin of this administration is its inability to grasp the historical opening that the end of the cold war has provided for democracy abroad. The United States unflinchingly sp...
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