Letter: Clinton distracted

Sir: President Clinton's present misfortunes may appear amusing, while they leave executive decision-making and strategic planning in suspended animation and the future of the women and children of Baghdad hangs by a thread on the whim of a vulnerable president anxious to divert attention from his domestic crisis.

Particularly worrying is the coming Senate debate on the expansion of Nato to include Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, a vital measure for European security. Its enemies, like the wreckers of Woodrow Wilson's League of Nations, are coming out in force in the press and TV, in local pulpits, on the Senate floor, while the present media orgy drowns out the warnings of American history and the voices of alarm from Europe.