The Damascus Primary

Bill Clinton is bringing his rhetorical skills to bear on the world's conflicts, hoping to burnish his legacy

President Clinton's trip last week to India and Pakistan felt more like a political campaign swing than a statesman's visit. There were policy speeches and "issues events" on health and the environment. There were photo ops and town-hall meetings. Sometimes all that seemed to be missing was candidate rallies and attack ads.

Make no mistake--his tour of the subcontinent and the meeting planned for Sunday in Geneva with Syrian President Hafez Assad were all part of Bill Clinton's last campaign. Call it a quest for a legacy (a term Clinton has banished from the White House lexicon) or, as he might...

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