America's Flagging Mission

Absorbed by problems at home, Clinton faces the task of reshaping the U.S.'s role in the world with diminished resources

SO HERE IT IS: AN AMERICA BOUND for "change." What Bill Clinton means by the word is one thing; what the world wonders is whether it can now expect attention doled out in small change. A novice at foreign affairs, Clinton often looks like a home-repair faddist with little time, or money, to spend on the town. That image is unfair. The President-elect from Arkansas by way of Oxford is a quick study in all subjects, and has gone out of his way to assure friendly governments that he will fit into Uncle Sam's boots. The real issue bulks larger than...

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