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 He has withdrawn American forces from Somalia, bringing to an end a mission that, despite the loss of life, accomplished very little.

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