August 26, 1998 |
These days, American foreign policy faces, in a sense, two different worlds. One is the nice, fictitious world that was portrayed in the movie "Wag the Dog." And the other is the much nastier reality we are beginning to see unfold in Russia. "Wag the Dog" is, of course, on everyone's mind, because of the U.S. missile strikes in Afghanistan and Sudan.
July 13, 1996 |
The United States and four other countries have approved long-stalled arrangements to monitor a cease-fire in Lebanon, the State Department said Friday. Because it involves Israel and Syria as well as the United States, Lebanon and France, the agreement is seen by the Clinton administration as a potentially important vehicle for bringing Israel and Syria into contact at a time when the future of their broader peace negotiations is unclear.
May 24, 1992 |
A secret Pentagon planning document orders the U.S. military services to prepare for a time when the United States could fight major wars in two regions of the world at once and thwart adversaries equipped with formidable, high-technology weapons. The classified Defense Guidance document, drafted to steer Pentagon budgeting and U.S. military strategies, was signed by Defense Secretary Dick Cheney on Friday.
August 2, 1990 |
Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze concluded two days of talks in the Siberian city of Irkutsk today by agreeing on the importance of Soviet and American cooperation in Asia. "In Asia, too, the Soviet Union and the United States do not regard each other as adversaries," Shevardnadze told reporters during a news conference after the talks. The U.S.
March 14, 1996 |
As master of the dramatic ceremonies here Wednesday, President Clinton was addressing three disparate audiences: the anxious Israeli public, the restive Palestinian population and the wider Arab world. But his appearance and remarks here were also aimed at a fourth critical constituency: the American electorate, which will be called upon in November to render a vote of confidence on his governance.
January 18, 1990 |
The Bush Administration said Wednesday that it does not support demands for an independent Azerbaijan and reaffirmed U.S. backing for Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev in his efforts to halt fighting between Azerbaijanis and Armenians. State Department spokeswoman Margaret Tutwiler, asked whether the Administration favors independence for the Azerbaijan republic, told reporters: "Since 1933, we have recognized the territorial integrity of the Soviet Union."
November 24, 1990 |
Proclaiming that he will "work closely with" any country willing to oppose Iraq, President Bush met here Friday with President Hafez Assad of Syria, a country the Administration has publicly labeled a major supporter of international terrorism.
February 27, 1987 |
Following are excerpts of the Tower Commission report issued Thursday: In November, 1986, it was disclosed that the United States had, in August, 1985, and subsequently, participated in secret dealings with Iran involving the sale of military equipment. There appeared to be a linkage between these dealings and efforts to obtain the release of U.S. citizens held hostage in Lebanon by terrorists believed to be closely associated with the Iranian regime.
March 21, 1987 |
President Reagan's White House staff, rekindling the rancor of the 1980 election campaign, denounced former President Jimmy Carter on Friday for criticizing Administration policy in a speech in Cairo. "We are deeply disappointed by his comments," White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said. "If he wants to be helpful in the area of foreign affairs, he might want to forgo criticism of U.S. leaders while he's on foreign soil."
December 21, 1989 |
A massive U.S. invasion force on Wednesday overthrew the regime of Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega, chasing the dictator into hiding with an air and infantry assault that left at least 15 American GIs dead. The White House offered a $1-million reward for information leading to Noriega's capture.