THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: A Little Experience Is ... Useful

Almost every new President, fresh from political triumph or flushed with the vibrancy of vast power, thinks foreign policy is easy. He is flattered by other heads of state, puffed up by admiring aides. Deflation inevitably follows. The important thing is not that mistakes are made. They always are. The meaningful point is whether the President learns from them, and how fast he learns. That is the question today about Jimmy Carter. He has had his first seminar with the Soviet Union. More will follow.

"... His predecessors all had indelible lessons. Harry Truman, recalls Clark Clifford, his principal aide,...

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