Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Clinton’s Clumsy Encounter with the World

Clinton’s Clumsy Encounter with the World

Even his most ardent supporters would probably hesitate before attempting to advertise President Bill Clinton’s foreign policy achievements, His first eighteen months in o&e have hardly been auspicious. His secretary of state is publicly humiliated on a visit to Beijing. He has had to rethink profoundly his policy on Russia. North Korea continues to defy him on international inspection of its nuclear facilities. A trade war with Japan has become a distinct possibility. He is still far from achieving his goal of restoring to power the president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. He has withdrawn American forces from Somalia, bringing to an end a mission that, despite the loss of life, accomplished very little.

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