America, Know Thyself

For a policy to carry conviction, reality must precede allegory. The worry about the Clinton administration is that they do not know which is which.

Issue: Winter 1993-1994

After nearly a year of the Clinton administration there is still no consensus, either among the foreign policy elite or in the country at large, about America's role in the world. What are America's foreign purposes? Is America the world's leader, the global policeman, the default guardian of morality? Will America act unilaterally or only in company? Which counts more, national interest or humanitarian goals? Do economic objectives take precedence over all others? No one really knows, least of all in the White House or on Capitol Hill.

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