Carter Takes Charge

Buoyed by victory in Iowa, he issues a major warning to Moscow

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered.

— Thomas Paine

For Jimmy Carter, these were indeed the times that try men's souls. For weeks he had been striding angrily around the White House, frustrated over his inability to free the 50 American hostages in Tehran and outraged over the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He had been uncharacteristically short-tempered with aides, sometimes snapping at them for no good reason. On occasion he seemed distant and depressed....

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