THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Looking Back to Look Ahead

The Presidency

Once again the U.S., confronted by a distant upheaval that is vital to its interests, is trying belatedly to position forces that seem too thin to establish a commanding presence, looking desperately for some diplomatic friends who might help us influence events, groping for words that will describe our concern but not aggravate the problem, and doing it all in a kind of hasty and grumpy fashion because the war between Iraq and Iran is intruding on our presidential political spectacle.

Jimmy Carter, campaigning in California against "Warmonger" Reagan, almost tripped over...

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