Clinton's World: Remaking American Foreign Policy

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Iraq Just as the Bush administration had been defined by its confrontation with Saddam Hussein, so too was the Clinton administration. For Bush the Gulf War had been a triumph, marred only by the survival of Saddam Hussein. For Clinton Saddam's survival would become a nightmare he could not exorcise. Six months after taking office, Clinton too confronted Saddam's reckless and aggressive behavior and ordered a small, punitive air strike. Three years later, as Clinton's campaign for reelection began, another crisis with Iraq erupted, and then another, and another.

Time and time again Iraq compelled Clinton to face the most agonizing question of the post-Cold War era--how the United States would employ its overwhelming military advantages. There were two obvious areas for the use of force--Bosnia and Iraq. In Bosnia, American military power was a last resort, to be employed when all other alternatives had been exhausted by the Europeans. In Iraq, the situation was different: the United States was the only power that could contain Saddam Hussein. In Bosnia, once American forces became committed Washington insisted on using the NATO umbrella, thereby casting aside several years of UN efforts. In Iraq, however, the crisis was centered on the United Nations rather than NATO.

In both cases, Clinton was reluctant to use, if not opposed to using, American military action. His ambivalence guaranteed that the crises in both Bosnia and Iraq would drag on. Clinton's obvious wariness gave Saddam a freedom to choose when and how he would challenge the UN and United States. Moreover, the so-called "Clinton doctrine" held that any

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  • 1- The Legacy 1
  • 2- Mandate for Change 15
  • 3- Intervention 29
  • 4- Nation Building 51
  • 5- South of the Border 67
  • 6- Russia 79
  • 7- European Security 93
  • 8- Asian Tangles 109
  • Notes 124
  • 9- Unsinkable Japan 127
  • 10- Watershed 137
  • 11- Endgame 145
  • 12- Oslo and Beyond 155
  • Notes 168
  • 13 171
  • 14- Crisis Management 185
  • 15- Between Hope And History 197
  • Selected Bibliography 207
  • Index 209
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