Diplomacy A Rosy Reception for Bhutto

During her visit to Washington, both sides avoid the thorns

George Bush gave Pakistan's Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto a sweet-smelling gift at the end of her first official trip to Washington last week: an American beauty rosebush. Accepting the memento, Bhutto told the President that the roses would serve as a reminder of her "supportive visit" to Washington. She might have added that, while the atmosphere surrounding her meetings with U.S. officials was cordial, both sides went to considerable effort to avoid the thornier aspects of their relationship.

Bhutto, 35, captivated U.S. audiences with her blend of modern and traditional values. "My presence before you is a testament to the force...

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