Legacy of a Two-Fisted Loser

One verdict: a Kissinger without the grand design

The luncheon meeting of the National Security Council at the White House last Friday seemed fairly routine.

The principal item of business was tying up some odds and ends on President Reagan's proposal for a sharp reduction in strategic nuclear arms. Several of the participants noted that there was something unusual about the meeting: it was not contentious. And that, they realized, was because Secretary of State Alexander Haig, even while arguing his department's position forcefully, seemed uncharacteristically at ease. Instead of thumping the table to...

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