Who Can Tell What Washington Wants?

What a mess in Washington too. From the outset, Bill Clinton's Bosnia policy has been equal parts wishful thinking, domestic politics and bluff; now it has virtually disintegrated under the pressure of the Bosnian Serbs and quarreling presidential advisers. The Serb triumph at Bihac has brought home the extent of Washington's failure and opened a bitter debate about what to do next. "Our policy is in complete disarray," admits a senior official. The debacle on the battlefield left the White House, senior Administration officials and a leading legislator separately enunciating contradictory positions.

Even before Secretary of State Warren Christopher traveled to...

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