The Political Interest: Clinton's Feelgood Strategy

Clinton's Feelgood Strategy

CANDIDATE CLINTON SAW NO AMBIGUITY LAST AUGUST: "History has shown that you can't allow the mass extermination of people and just sit by and watch it happen." President Clinton added a caveat last week: The U.S. will not act alone in Bosnia. "America is ready to do its part," Clinton said. "But Europe must be willing to act with us. We must go forward together." The impulse is noble, but the effect could be pernicious. Multilateralism, the collective action by peace-loving nations against malefactors, can either empower or paralyze. It can confer a legitimacy that unilateral efforts might otherwise lack (as...

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