Diplomacy Here We Go, On the Offensive

Bush finally scores a foreign policy triumph as he seizes the initiative from Gorbachev

What a difference two days make. George Bush rode into Brussels last Monday the "Nowhere President," criticized as a dithering leader without vision, too passive, too reactive, too unimaginative to compete with Mikhail Gorbachev. In town to celebrate NATO's 40th anniversary, Bush seemed destined to preside over a nasty family quarrel, if not the alliance's demise.

But then Bush scored what he proudly called "a double hit." Just as he had awakened his sleepy presidential campaign with a socko speech at the 1988 Republican Convention, he rose from his four-month presidential lethargy to launch an initiative that wrested the arms-control initiative...

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