With the election of Bill Clinton, the war in Vietnam ended—finally. George Bush sought to make it a campaign issue by talking about Clinton’s draft record, yet Americans pronounced such matters irrelevant to their concerns—economic concerns, which are not so different from those that once sustained the pre-Vietnam Democratic party. After a dozen
years of voodoo economics, Americans are hurting.
Then, the evening news: starvation in Somalia, “ethnic cleansing” in Yugoslavia, the threat of a right-wing and/or neo-Stalinist coup in Moscow. More to come: Saddam Hussein is sure to test the new American president soon....
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