The Gulf: The Presidency: Bush's Balancing Act

Bush's Balancing Act

Sometimes George Bush is at his dining room table in Kennebunkport, Me., looking beyond the rocky shore to the open water, and sometimes he is on his boat, casting for bluefish, when he wonders aloud about the new world order he must shape once the Iraqi confrontation plays out. He is looking beyond pure military matters.

Bush is mildly disappointed with the response from Europe, Britain and France excepted. He is pleased as punch that Mikhail Gorbachev stepped up to be counted with the U.S. Japan came through pretty well; more is expected. The President knows he must recast relations with...

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