The Last Roundup?

George Bush has high hopes for a fruitful Houston summit -- and unless it enacts a daring agenda for the '90s, such hoedowns could become obsolete

Is this trip necessary? A handful of world leaders might ask themselves that question as they converge on Houston this weekend for the 16th Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations. Their visit will be attended by Wild West fanfare and reported by more than 3,000 journalists, but is any real work likely to get done? Many past summits, in fact, produced results as barren as the North Texas Panhandle. If the chief executives of the world's most powerful economies simply spend three days hammering out a pious communique and frolicking at rodeos and barbecues, then maybe this form of junket should ride...

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