Hurry Up and Wait

In coping with Haiti, Korea and Bosnia, Clinton hopes to buy time and avoid stiffer measures

If only world leadership were just a matter of talk. As the first U.S. President since Woodrow Wilson to address France's parliament, Bill Clinton spoke easily and confidently, reading from transparent TelePrompTer screens that fascinated the French. He neatly dissected his desire to make foreign policy by international consensus -- and the drawbacks to that approach. The Atlantic allies, at this "moment of decision," must strengthen their unity, but the task now was one particularly difficult for democracies: "To unite our people when they do not feel themselves in imminent peril."

The President was poignantly defining his own difficulties with foreign...

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