Nation: Battle in the Pentagon

The generals cross swords with the Army Secretary

His credentials shine like the medals on a war hero's chest. He graduated from Harvard with honors and from Yale Law School. Before he was 30 he became an assistant to McGeorge Bundy, who was National Security Adviser to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and then was named chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Thus when Jimmy Carter in 1977 appointed Clifford L. Alexander, now 47, the Army's first black Secretary, he seemed well suited for the job, even though his only previous military experience was six months as a private in 1958.

But almost...

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