Star Wars: The Sequel

Hey, what ever happened to arms control? Well, here comes the new Bill Clinton, Star Warrior

Bill Clinton has repeatedly dazzled Americans with his 180[degree] transformations. But few have been as startling as the one that emerged largely unheralded from the thick bulk of the fiscal year 2000 budget: Bill Clinton, Star Warrior.

If memory serves, Clinton came to the White House determined to shift U.S. foreign policy from its dependence on weaponry and cold war alliances to the peace-era pursuit of civilian technologies and free trade. He salted his national-security bureaucracy with arms-control advocates who had been frozen out during 12 years of build-'em-up Republican rule. In particular, he promised to slash as much as...

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