America Abroad: Why They Backed Bush

Why They Backed Bush

BILL CLINTON HAD WON THE ELECTION BUT LOST HIS voice, so it was a good thing Boris Yeltsin did most of the talking. "I think that my warm and good relationship with George Bush will not prevent our relations from being even better," said the President of Russia in a phone call on Nov. 5. "The political boldness and firm rejection of old dogmas and stereotypes that you stand for match the principles of Russian-American relations."

These gracious sentiments were in marked contrast to what Yeltsin had been saying only a few weeks earlier. In conversations with his own aides and...

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