The Man Who Loved Dictators

Just days after Boris Yeltsin risked his life to defeat the August coup, anonymous White House sources were leaking contempt and disdain for Yeltsin. A week earlier, the man had saved not only his country but the entire Bush foreign policy (which had placed all its bets on Gorbachev) and Washington was already dumping on him.

To be sure, a few days later the White House tried to take it all back. But what was said was said, and it was not the first time. Two years earlier, the White House had similarly beaten up on Yeltsin, labeling him a lightweight...

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