Clinton Faces the Bosnian Brute

After a week of discussion, the President prepares to act

. THE ISSUE HAD BEEN DESCRIBED BY AN AIDE AS "A brute," and for a week Bill Clinton marched the brute around Washington for all to see. Only after the public viewing did he undertake to decide what to do about his most vexing foreign policy problem.

Action seemed imperative. The Bosnian Serbs had turned down the Vance-Owen peace plan and laid siege to a new brace of Muslim towns. Boris Yeltsin, his referendum victory safe, announced he would no longer shield the Serbs indiscriminately from "the will of the world." Former Secretary of State George Shultz, among others, counseled military...

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