Hanging Tough Was Not Enough

For the proud Secretary of State, Lebanon is a personal defeat

When President Reagan appointed George Shultz his second Secretary of State almost two years ago, the reaction was generally quite favorable.

Shultz was supposed to be everything his volatile predecessor, Alexander Haig, had not been: calm, collegial, steady. Unlike Haig, he would avoid squandering his clout on bureaucratic spats. A former business-school professor, Treasury Secretary and president of an international corporation, Shultz came to the job with a thorough knowledge of world economics and a feel for Middle East affairs.

At times his...

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