World: Loser on the Sidelines

No matter how the Iran-Iraq war is resolved, the U.S. is a likely loser. From Washington, TIME Diplomatic Correspondent Strobe Talbott analyzes the American quandary:

Even before the outbreak of the Persian Gulf crisis, the U.S. was widely perceived, both at home and abroad, to be losing its ability to anticipate and influence events that jeopardize Western interests and world peace. For the U.S. to find itself on the sidelines of the current trouble is particularly frustrating and ominous. This marks the first time in the long and variegated history of modern Middle Eastern warfare that the...

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