Will the principle that guides Clinton Administration domestic policy also be applied to foreign affairs? The bedrock principle, as it has evolved from Bunker Hill to the White House bunker, is this: Don't run until you see the whites of their eyes.
Using this key, readers of prognosticatory harangues in this space were able to discern beforehand the passage of the Republican-deporked crime bill, as well as the President's sudden willingness to let Congress go home to mull over ever-less-toxic health legislation. Now let us apply it to the mini-crisis precipitated by Fidel Castro. Like Marshal Foch at the Marne, with his center giving way and his flanks collapsing, the nemesis of modern American Presidents has dispatched from his teeming shores the refuse Communism made wretched.
Castro used this technique of immigration aggression and dissident-dumping on Jimmy Carter successfully 14 years ago.
In , however, the U. President properly chose to defend our border. The determined Clinton reaction set hard-liner hearts to racing.
He interdicted the pitiable raft armada at sea; he reversed a policy that automatically granted Cuban economic refugees the asylum of the politically persecuted; he turned Guantanamo into a Cuban colony under American protection; he tightened the embargo of three decades by cutting off the flow of hard currency sent in by relatives in the U. That's a vigorous response to aggression, at once harsh and humane and expensive, the foreign-policy equivalent of a 1,page comprehensive health plan. Now comes the reaction to his swift reaction. Democratic accommodationists, led by Chris Dodd in the Senate and Lee Hamilton in the House, argue that Clinton is playing to Castro's hands by martyring him.
They would go along with the dictator's demands for normalization of relations. Republican hawks like Senator Richard Lugar, forgetting that the Reagan arms-race stressing of the Soviet system helped bring down Communism in Russia, also want to do business with Castro.
They see Cuban Communism's demise in a wave of trade and tourism and cultural exchange, although that approach hasn't quite worked in China. Everybody worries about riots in the holding pens, led by Castro's implanted provocateurs, which would cast Americans in the role of Israelis abusing Palestinians in camps. Clinton, observing the charge of the detenteniks begin, does not yet see the whites of their eyes. Instead, he feels the heat from the Cuban-American community, led by stalwart anti-Castroists, and worries about losing the State of Florida to a Republican tide if he caves in too quickly.
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