Out with a Bang

Bush's eleventh-hour flurry of foreign policy activity bequeaths Clinton a complex agenda of unfinished business

GEORGE BUSH HAS NEVER been much on quoting, let alone trying to rewrite, great poetry. Consciously or unconsciously, though, he now seems preoccupied with turning one of T.S. Eliot's most quoted lines on its head. In The Hollow Men, Eliot predicted that the world would end "not with a bang but a whimper." Bush appears determined to have his world -- or his presidency, which for him is the same thing -- finish with a very big foreign policy bang.

The President wound up 1992 and welcomed 1993 with a kind of 16,600-mile victory tour. The last TV image of his...

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