Cubans, Go Home

Clinton is determined to turn the rafters back rather than open talks with Fidel Castro

all their rainfall. The 32 acres of U.S.-leased land on both sides of the bay resemble less the lush semitropical island across the minefields than the set for a Hollywood western: sandy, rock-strewn hills and beaches, barren except for a random dotting of cactus. Hardly the site anyone would choose to build from scratch what amounts to a new city for 65,000 people.

But when Bill Clinton sat down with his top advisers last week to figure out what to do with the thousands of Cuban refugees floating toward Florida on every kind of makeshift raft they could tie together, there...