The No-Guts, No-Glory Guys

Clinton's foreign policy team tries to clean up its act -- and further engage the man at the top

Though his cool exterior showed no cracks, Secretary of State Warren Christopher was fed up with a series of insistent questions on Haiti from Jesse Helms, the conservative Republican. "Senator," Christopher said in his deadpan tone, "a few people have sometimes misunderstood my courtesy for a lack of resolve. But I think they've been sorry when they've made that mistake."

That may have been true in the boardrooms of Los Angeles, where Warren Christopher worked for decades as a highly successful lawyer, but it works less well in the Hobbesian jungle where U.S. foreign policy faces considerable challenges. Which ruthless leaders...

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