Clinton's Foreign Policy at Midterm
LARRY BERMAN AND EMILY O. GOLDMAN
In a preceding volume entitled The Bush Presidency: First Appraisals, the authors of a midterm assessment of that incumbent's foreign policy began by observing, "when scholars look back at the Bush presidency, they will probably note the extraordinary events that characterized President Bush's first twenty-four months in office." 1 The dramatic political and military transformation of Europe ended the Cold War and ushered in what President Bush described as a "new world order where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause." In his 1991 State of the Union address, President Bush declared the goals of a new world order: "to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind: peace and security, freedom and the rule of law."
Time magazine designated President George Bush its 1991 Man of the Year for leading a worldwide coalition victory in the Persian Gulf and for providing "a commanding vision of a new world order." Yet, a little more than a year later, Bill Clinton defeated the commander-in-chief who had drawn a line in the sand to stop Iraqi aggression. By election day 1992, the glow of victory in the Persian Gulf and the accompanying unprecedented public approval ratings for President Bush had been replaced by "It's the economy, stupid!" The presidency of George Bush had lost its domestic core. As the authors of the aforementioned article forewarned, "the fate of the foreign policy George Bush may be much more closely intertwined with the domestic policy George Bush than he, who would much rather lead the world than the nation, would prefer." 2
Throughout the 1992 presidential campaign, candidate Clinton made it clear that, if elected, he would provide long-needed leadership on the ne-