This Week

"This Week" Continued...

Issue: "Evolution Counter-Revolution," March 1, 1997

Under the table

In Mexico, the army general appointed to bring integrity and toughness to the nation's war on drugs was arrested on suspicion of taking bribes to protect a leading drug lord. According to a senior U.S. law enforcement official, Mexican authorities have a recording of a telephone conversation in which Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo--appointed three months ago to be the nation's top drug-enforcement official--discussed payments to be made in return for ignoring Mexico's Juarez drug cartel.

Making the case

Hoping to pressure U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to take a hard line on human-rights abuses during her scheduled meetings with Chinese leaders in Beijing, pro-family leader Gary Bauer, who normally focuses on domestic policy, urged his constituents to inundate the State Department with phone calls. &quotThe State Department ... [is] not used to hearing from the American people. This is a real chance to have an impact on what they do," Mr. Bauer said. Mrs. Albright's 'round-the-world trip, her first foray as new top diplomat, also included stops in Rome, Bonn, Paris, Brussels, and London, where she shored up support for the Clinton administration's plan to expand NATO, the 16-nation mutual defense alliance created in 1949 to deter Soviet aggression. NATO expansion, so the argument goes, will better reflect the defense needs of a post-Cold War world. Even as Mrs. Albright talked up the proposed expansion, The Washington Times, citing a leaked CIA document, reported that several prospective NATO recruits--Poland, Slovenia, and Bulgaria--are selling arms to nations identified by the U.S. government as sponsoring terrorism, including Iran and Iraq. On Feb. 20 and 21, Mrs. Albright met with wary Russian leaders, who see a bigger NATO, which would expand to borders of the former Soviet Union, as a threat to Russian security.


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