WASHINGTON -- The summit of the United States and other industrial nations in Munich has to go down as a low point in international summiteering and perhaps as the least inspiring such conclave since the Group of Seven leaders began meeting in 1975.

President Bush and other heads of state, along with their top economic policymakers and foreign affairs experts, came up with a handful of shopworn phrases and half-baked promises for a better tomorrow. It was a singularly flat performance, like a bad play that is soon forgotten.

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