Clinton Can't Put Foreign Policy Off Any Longer

The one thing Bill Clinton was determined he would not do as President was become enmeshed in foreign affairs. He was keenly aware that George Bush had paid the ultimate political price for his image as the "foreign policy President." In his first months in office, Clinton studiously focused on an ambitious domestic economic agenda and delegated the heavy lifting on Bosnia, Somalia, North Korea, and other international hot spots to top foreign policy aides. But the constitutional crisis brewing in Russia is forcing Clinton's hand: He can't duck foreign policy any longer.

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