IF you have to go," John Kennedy once said, you want LeMay in the lead bomber. But you never want LeMay deciding whether or not you have to go." The reason for Kennedy's caveat was that, like many fighting men, Curtis Emerson LeMay, 61, tends to view the world in crisp, absolutist terms Life, in his professional view, is a perpetual state of war or potential war. When he decided to join George Wallace's campaign, LeMay entered a cloudier more complex political world in which he is less at home. Said Barry Goldwater a...

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