On a rainy Saturday in Washington, as tourists stopped to pay respects at the war monuments, the world seemed to be as dangerous as it's ever been.
At the same time, there were increasing worries over whether the Clinton administration is actually leading foreign policy or just putting out fires.
Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., publicly expressed his concern about Secretary of State Madeline Albright's saber rattling over Kosovo.
"Do you talk to Secretary Albright? I mean, she had us in a war last week,Â" Hollings said. "You talk to her sometime and tell her to cool it."
In Iraq, it's an undeclared, mostly unnoticed war - with U.S. planes almost daily striking at Saddam Hussein's military power structure.
"They [U.S. pilots] can go after command and control communication centers as well that allow Saddam Hussein to try to target them and put them in jeopardy,Â" said Secretary of Defense William Cohen.
In North Korea, there's the problem of nuclear expansion. And around the world, there are the terrorists to protect against.
Officials from previous administrations agree with the Clinton administration that problems have changed from the days of the Cold War, when foreign policy centered around the Soviet Union. But they're critical of how this administration is managing things.
Â"What I don't see at all is any any sense of imiagination, any strategic sense. Everything is sort of ad hoc," said Lawrence Eagleberger, who served as Secretary of State in the Bush administration.
The Clinton administration argues that ad hoc has brought peace for now to Bosnia and the hope of peace to Kosovo. In the current times, they argue, often the only option is to manage - not "make" - foreign policy.
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