Reagan's Bad Boy Slips Again

When controversy beckons, Jim Watt is always ready

Interior Secretary James Watt and his legion of antagonists have a perverse symbiosis going: he has a talent for enraging them, and they seem happy for the regular opportunities to lambaste him. Last week was a regular free-for-all of Watt-inspired controversy. Much of it stemmed from an ill-advised letter the Interior Secretary wrote to Moshe Arens, the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., in which Watt argued that "liberals of the [U.S.] Jewish community" who oppose his aggressive oil-development policies "will weaken our ability to be a...

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