Letters: Apr. 11, 1969

To What Purpose?

Sir: Two cheers for President Nixon for not being "active enough" and for not pretending to "define" a "purpose" (in the words of Schlesinger, the pseudoauthoritative seer) [March 28]. Why should he? It seems to me that we've all had a clear enough look at Nixon's charismatic or forceful predecessors whose administrations were full of purpose and the monumental boo-boos that resulted from their purposeful activities. Regarding the complex and high decisions now facing any President, perhaps it is time simply to do what seems best at the moment and...

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