Bush vs. Arafat

Does President Bush have a follow-up plan for actually removing Yasser Arafat from power? Apparently not. In his Middle East speech last week, the President urged the Palestinians to replace their current leaders (read Arafat) with ones "not compromised by terror." Once that occurs, he said, the U.S. will recognize a Palestinian state and pressure Israel to do likewise. But some Administration officials admit there's no blueprint for moving Arafat along. Concedes a White House aide: "Some of these tactical aspects we are still working out."

There certainly is no consensus within the President's top circle of advisers. Hard-liners like Vice...

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