Talks and Threats

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's first visit to the U.S. last week was all about opening doors between the two countries, so it came as a surprise when the U.S. embassy in Jakarta announced Thursday that its own doors were shutting—indefinitely—along with those of all other U.S. facilities in the mostly Muslim country, including consulates in Surabaya and Bali.

It was the first wholesale closure since late 2002, when the embassy received intelligence of an imminent attack in Southeast Asia shortly before that October's Bali bombings. This time, embassy officials declined to comment on their reasons, referring...

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