Bush's Dollar Diplomacy

Short on allies for a war against Saddam, the White House is trying to win friends with its wallet. How solid would this coalition be?

Money, it is often said, is the mother's milk of politics. It's also turning out to be the nectar of superpower diplomacy. As George W. Bush approaches the diplomatic climax of his arduous drive to win backing for war with Iraq, U.S. diplomats increasingly find themselves tempted to brandish Uncle Sam's checkbook -- and with it, the suggestion that sticking with America now might mean rewards later.

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