Time to Get Organized

Saddam has given Clinton a breather, but the new Administration needs to decide quickly whether a less personal approach might be worth a try

Saddam Hussein was the ghost at the banquets last week, diverting the attention of both the old Administration and the new. All the galas in Washington could not blot out the uninvited presence of the defiant Iraqi dictator. For the millions watching it all on television, images of Saddam and the U.S. air strikes in Iraq mixed with those of George Bush and Bill Clinton in rapid sequence, as if part of the same show.

Before dawn on Inauguration Day, Brent Scowcroft, the outgoing National Security Adviser, strode up the stairs to Blair House to deliver his final briefing to the...

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