We Interrupt This Summit for . . .

On his European jaunt, Clinton is upstaged by news and a policy bungle

What, asked a reporter, was the most important thing about Bill Clinton's visit to Latvia? A foreign policy aide had to ruminate silently for a moment before answering. "Well," the aide finally replied, "he's the first American President to come to the Baltics. That's a big deal!"

Not quite so big a deal as Clinton had hoped. Symbolism was the object of much of his European jaunt, which after Latvia continued through Poland and Italy for the weekend summit meeting of the Group of Seven major industrial powers in Naples, and is to conclude this week with two days in Germany....

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