Peter Rodman

A man of towering character and intelligence, Peter Rodman, who died of leukemia on Aug. 2 at age 64, served as foreign policy adviser for five Republican Presidents, from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush. Rodman epitomized the essential continuity of American foreign policy.

He understood that service to the country requires confronting certain realities and that you cannot use one truth as an alibi to neglect another. He was never partisan. He had a certain innocence about national service: he believed that if he stood for the right thing, people would give it consideration. When he didn't get that consideration,...

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