Commentary: The Price Of America's Foreign Policy Muddle

Republicans on Capitol Hill are about to achieve the impossible: making so many foreign policy flubs that even President Clinton looks good. First, the new Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), led an attempt to force foreign companies to choose between doing business in the U.S. or Cuba. Then, House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), who is more of an internationalist than many of his colleagues, called for diplomatic recognition of Taiwan--only to back off sheepishly days later. Now, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) has pushed a bill through the Senate calling for the U.S. to break the arms embargo on Bosnia. While not an unreasonable idea, if accomplished unilaterally, it could further divide the West, leading to more chaos and carnage in the Balkans.

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