The Carter Connection

Clinton at war has the countenance of Clinton at peace. Or is that Carter?

Given the bloodshed predicted, Haiti proved to be a remarkable triumph last week. It is even possible that the deal may stick when the muscle behind it is withdrawn. So why does Bill Clinton's Haitian success have that insistent scent of failure about it? Was it only the stumbling way in which war was avoided? Or the spectacle of a former President in the lair of "thugs," declaring them to be men of honor and denouncing his own country's policy as shameful? It's tempting to focus on Jimmy Carter. We don't encounter him much these days. But that queasy feeling isn't...

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