Gulf War"Had the United States and the United Kingdom gone on alone to capture Baghdad, under the provisions of the Geneva and Hague conventions we would have been considered occupying powers and therefore would have been responsible for all the costs of maintaining and restoring government, education and other services for the people of Iraq. From the brief time that we did spend occupying Iraqi territory after the war, I am certain that had we taken all of Iraq, we would have been like the dinosaur in the tar pit -- we would still be there, and we, not the United Nations, would be bearing the costs of the occupation. This is a burden I am sure the beleaguered American taxpayer would not have been happy to take on." (Norman Schwarzkopf/Atlanta Journal/Constitution, Norman Schwarzkopf/Maureen Farrell)
Middle East peace processdue in large part to tireless efforts by Clinton and Israel's Yitzhak Rabin. Both the PLO and Israel recognize each other's right to exist, a major stepping stone towards peace. Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat reluctantly shake hands to seal the deal. The Oslo Accords mandate, among other agreements, that Israel begin withdrawal from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The accords form the basis for the eventual establishment of a Palestinian state; extremists on both sides violently oppose the deal. (Dan Cohn-Sherbok, Dawoud el-Alami)
Fall of Soviet Uniondisbands the Russian Congress and promises new elections. Recalcitrant delegates and their allies hole up in the Russian White House for 12 days, holding out with very little food and water but plenty of weapons. Yeltsin's rule is severely threatened; many Western observers believe that the Soviet-era Communists will retake control of Russia. Their fears are unjustified. (Hammer News, BBC)
Clinton Administrationa volunteer program designed to serve as an umbrella for over 2,100 non-profit organizations, public agencies, and faith-based entities. Volunteers work on a range of projects from public education concerns to environmental cleanup. One of the most effective projects of its kind, it will be gutted during the Bush presidency. (Wikipedia, Wikipedia)
Clinton AdministrationThe plan is the result of a task force headed by First Lady Hillary Clinton, and is presented in an indigestible, 1000+ page report; the core of the proposal is the requirement for all employers to provide health insurance to their employees through regulated health maintenance organizations (HMOs). The proposal initially wins the support of most Americans and quick passage is predicted through the Democratically-controlled Congress, but the administration doesn't count on the quick and well-orchestrated opposition planned and executed by Republicans and the health care industry. Disparagingly referring to the proposal as "Hillary Care," which plays into the resentment of some voters over the fact that the First Lady is taking such a strong leadership role in government policy instead of arranging flowers or reading to children, the opposition fields a powerful set of TV commercials featuring an ordinary couple named "Harry and Louise," who despair over the huge bureaucracy to be engendered by the plan.
Gulf WarThe book, a magnificently twisted amalgamation of fact and fiction, is bizarre enough to be plausible, and features a set of meticulously documented endnotes which makes the reader wonder if Beinhart's novel isn't based, in some manner, in reality. Ironically, the book is made into a movie in 1997 (Wag the Dog, a modestly successful film starring Dustin Hoffman), but the plot is completely rewritten to have Bill Clinton orchestrating a war with Albania in order to win re-election after a sex scandal cripples his chances with the voters. (Amazon)