The Political Interest: From Sarajevo to Needle Park

From Sarajevo to Needle Park

Lyndon Johnson used to say that a good politician can "make chicken salad out of chicken s." Judged by that recipe, Bill Clinton is a master -- at least rhetorically. Consider last Wednesday, when the President dealt with two substantively unrelated issues, one foreign, one domestic.

On Bosnia, the President said, "Our nation will not stand idly by in the face of a conflict that offends our consciences." Sound familiar? During the 1992 campaign, Clinton said, "History has shown that you can't allow the mass extermination of people and just sit idly by and watch it happen." Between then and now,...

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