The U.N. Obsession

What's wrong with the Clinton foreign policy? After retreat from Somalia, humiliation in Haiti, capitulation to North Korea and dithering over Bosnia, the question becomes acute. The answer does not lie only with a President who has little experience in foreign policy and less interest. Nor does it lie solely with his foreign policy team of well-meaning souls lacking in steel, the kind needed to take a stand and stick to it.

At root, the problem is not personalities but ideas. Even the most skilled statesman would flounder if lashed to the central idea of the Clinton foreign policy: that in...

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