The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Needed: Strength and Patience

From Ronald Reagan's first day on the job, photographs and clandestine reports have flowed across his desk every morning, convincing this President that a revolution in the Caribbean has been coaxed and fed by Moscow and Havana. The CIA gave the world a glimpse of that evidence last week. But documentation of a big military buildup in Nicaragua is only one fragment of the indoctrination the President has received in superpower chess.

He has listened to CIA Director William Casey narrate how the Soviet Union has exploited food, technology and credits from the...

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