THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: The Flood Tides of History

There is a growing belief in this country and around the world that the U.S. is losing control of events and faltering in its role as the free world's leader.

That is now a concern at least as grave as inflation. Even with the protesting farmers making trouble in Washington these past few days, and the biggest snowstorm in five years diverting the capital's attention, the debate about U.S. strength and resolve is emerging on almost every level.

Jimmy Carter called a secret meeting to try to get the State Department to quiet internal dissent about foreign policy. Secretary of...

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