THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: An Old-Fashioned Kind of Crisis

The crisis of the Mayaguez was the old-fashioned variety, the kind that men of power in Washington, most of whom are graduates of the cold war, could understand and relish, and they did.

It was a lovely bit of rascality—brief, definable, rightly punishable and done on the high seas, where U.S. men and machines still reign. The White House in its spring splendor looked like a Hollywood set. With somber visages and firm jaws, the actors hurried through the mellow night in their sleek black limousines. House Speaker Carl Albert, 5 ft....

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