Diplomacy: A Trip That's Greek To Clinton's Planners

A Trip That's Greek To Clinton's Planners

When Bill Clinton planned to start this week's European trip with a stopover in Athens, his timing could hardly have been worse. Clinton knew he had to visit Greece because he was going to its rival Turkey, but his brain trust never debated the wisdom of a schedule that would put him in Athens shortly before Wednesday, Nov. 17. That sensitive anniversary commemorates a 1973 crackdown on pro-democracy students and is traditionally marked by demonstrations against the U.S. Moreover, Greeks are particularly angry at Washington this year over NATO's bombing of Kosovo. Still, "no one believed security conditions were so bad...

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