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     SEPTEMBER 1998      


An Opportunity for the President

Herbert Zweibon

President Clinton's decision to take military action against terrorist bases in Sudan and Afghanistan was correct; indeed, it was long overdue. The question is whether or not it truly signals the start of a serious and ongoing effort against international terrorism.

Will Bill Clinton be remembered only for sordid scandals? He can still salvage at least some portion of his presidential legacy--although it is unlikely he will do so--by discarding the foreign policy mantle of George McGovern and replacing it with the foreign policy approach of Henry "Scoop" Jackson. The raids in Sudan and Afghanistan should be only the first step in this transformation.

The president is surrounded by too many slick lawyers and public relations spinmeisters. It's time to jettison that crowd and bring in the kind of non-partisan hard-nosed foreign policy veterans associated with Senator Jackson, a Democrat, and later with the Republican administration of Ronald Reagan. People like Richard Perle, Frank Gaffney, Douglas Feith, and Michael Ledeen. They can craft a new foreign policy strategy based on the principles of national security, freedom, and human rights and, above all, the concept of never surrendering to totalitarians or terrorists.

Here are some of the urgent areas the president's new advisers might address:

1. Support Iraqi dissidents. Provide meaningful financial and political assistance to Iraqi dissidents to help facilitate the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime.

2. Expand the no-fly zone. The no-fly zone over northwestern Iraq should be extended to cover the entire country. Iraq should not be permitted to have any military aircraft activity.

3. Get tough with Iran. Reinstate all sanctions against Iran, and mean it. Reject requests from big corporations for exemptions. Put serious pressure
on our European allies to abide by the sanctions, so that Teheran will really feel the consequences of international pressure.

4. Bolster Turkish-Israeli friendship. The burgeoning relationship between Turkey and Israel will be crucial to Western strategic interests in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. The Jerusalem-Ankara alliance will be the new bulwark against radical Islamic expansion in the region. The United States should make it clear to Turkey how important it is that the Turks continue to strengthen their relations with Israel.

5. Missile defense. Start serious preparations for the deployment of an anti-ballistic missile system. Stop pretending that America is immune to missile attacks. Despite the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States still faces threats from regimes such as Iran, Iraq, and Libya. We dare not ignore those threats.

6. Punish terror-sponsors. Until now, the Clinton administration has used a kid-gloves approach to dealing with regimes that sponsor international terrorism. Clinton's rhetoric is tough, but has not been backed up by action. He has too often allowed for loopholes in sanctions, thus sending terror-sponsors the message that he's not serious about fighting them. It's time to get serious, by imposing meaningful financial and diplomatic penalties upon regimes that sponsor terrorism or shelter terrorists, and undertaking military action against them, where appropriate.

7. Forget about Oslo. Put some distance between the United States and the Oslo accords. Recognize that the Oslo accords, although well-intentioned,

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On Assassinating Terrorists ...3

Why Bibi's Volte Face? ...6

Retribution for Terror-Sponsors ...7

Skewed Negotiations ...8

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