One of the enduring features of American political history is the phenomenon that second-term presidents are declared to be dead or finished long before they actually are -- and that some of the most important actions in the field of foreign policy come near the end of their terms.

Bill Clinton’s presidency was said to be over in 1998, at the time of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Yet it was not until two years later that he won congressional approval for China’s entry into the World Trade Organiza...

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