The Presidency: A Diplomatic Dandy

The Presidency/Hugh Sidey

There are two Alexander Haigs operating from the Secretary of State's big office, with that magnificent view of the Potomac River Valley. One is the explosive soldier of opportunity, a two-dimensional television power-grubber who talks funny and scares children with wild words about nuclear explosions and White House guerrillas. The other is a veteran warrior for foreign policy moderation, fighting on several fronts for a reasoned and effective global diplomacy.

The second Al Haig may be gaining a little high ground. He presides some mornings over eggs with ambassadors and journalists, leading them on a tour of the...

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