America Abroad: How to Avoid the Bush Folly

How to Avoid the Bush Folly

James Baker's visit to Moscow this week is a throwback to those bygone days when strategic nuclear-arms control was the main event in U.S.-Soviet relations. Unfortunately, the Secretary of State has less room to maneuver than he needs to make the most of the mission.

Until the mid-'80s, the root cause of East-West tension -- the repressive, predatory nature of Soviet communism -- was nonnegotiable. The old men in the Kremlin refused to brook "interference in the internal affairs of the U.S.S.R.," and they would not accept meaningful constraints on Soviet international behavior. That left little to talk about, except how...

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