The Political Interest: Two Visions, 21 Minutes Apart

Two Visions, 21 Minutes Apart

When it came time to deny the obvious, the cool and unflappable James Baker did so with a straight face and a practiced hint of sadness. Like a compassionate schoolteacher calmly instructing a roomful of dim students, the Secretary of State repeatedly insisted that election-year politics had nothing to do with last week's announcement of the Administration's plan to assist the former Soviet Union. "We've been working on it for months," Baker explained, adding that the President wanted his proposals made public before Boris Yeltsin faces a restless Congress of People's Deputies this week. That much was true, but the rest...

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