Clinton's Secret Wars: The Evolution of a Commander in Chief
Richard Sale. New York, NY: Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Press, 2009. 512 pp. Notes. Bib. $27.99.
Reviewed by Mickey Edwards
When one thinks of the Clinton administration, foreign policy is not the first thing that comes to mind. Nor is the use of military force. This was the presidency that began with campaigns to reshape the national health-care system and change the rules regarding gay men and women serving in the armed forces; the presidency that proclaimed "the end of welfare as we know it," and, even more striking, the end of the era of big government. But President Clinton, a military leader? Who knew?
Richard Sale apparently knew. And in his new volume, Clinton's Secret Wars, he attempts to convince us that Mr. Clinton was, if not exactly a George W. Bush, then, albeit reluctantly, another Eisenhower.