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Lament of a Clinton Supporter

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Just a year ago, in August 1992, I signed a statement (whose publication in the New York Times was paid for by the Clinton campaign) endorsing Bill Clinton for President. Although I, and all the other signers of the statement, were Democrats, most of us were notable for having taken “hard-line” positions in the controversies of the 1980′s, and it was on such grounds that we made our case for Clinton.

The statement praised him for his support of “authentic democrats in the societies of the former Soviet Union” and for his “opposition to the brutal and archaic Communist dictatorship in Beijing.” It praised him, too, for having “taken the lead in urging international action—including, if necessary, the use of U.S. air and naval forces—. . . to prevent Serbia’s national Communist regime from doing violence to neighboring peoples.” It commended him for having “resisted those at home—and in his own party—who propose reckless cuts in our national defense capabilities.” And it asserted that Clinton “understood that this is a time when American leadership can give new energy and purpose to traditional alliances . . . such as . . . NATO . . . [and] can forge closer cooperation . . . with emerging powers, such as Japan.”

About the Author

Joshua Muravchik, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is working on a book about Arab and Muslim democrats.