The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: The Joys of Waging Peace

The Presidency

If we are lucky, the President will become a peace addict. Those who watched the applause sweep over Ronald Reagan after last week's speech on nuclear arms reduction thought they detected a new glint in his eye. He had received a needed fix. Peace is fun. Peace is box office. Peace diverts critics. Peace is good for you.

Most Presidents do not fully understand the exhilaration in waging peace until at last they try it. Take Richard Nixon, who found that playing global diplomat was a fine way for a politician to turn...

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