Down-Home Quick Study

What they need now is a judge and not another advocate." In that phrase, an old friend of Richard Allen's summed up why the White House chose a true foreign policy neophyte, Deputy Secretary of State William P. Clark, as the new National Security Adviser. A California lawyer and rancher who wears boots with three-piece suits, Clark had to admit during confirmation hearings a year ago that he could not name the Prime Ministers of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Since then Clark has earned respect throughout the Administration as a quick study and an able manager. He also won the friendship...

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