The Greatest Cold War Myth of All

"We look back to that era now, and we long for a -- I even made a crack the other day. I said, 'Gosh, I miss the cold war.' It was a joke, I mean, I don't really miss it, but you get the joke."

-- President Clinton, interview with the Washington Post, Oct. 15, 1993

It is not really a joke. It is an alibi. When the Clinton Administration runs into trouble abroad -- debacle in Somalia, humiliation in Haiti, dithering over Bosnia -- it likes to preface its list of extenuations with: Of course, we no longer have the...

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