The Presidency: The Next Tough One

The Presidency/Hugh Sidey

Ronald Reagan, triumphant but a bit weary from the tax-cut victory, is looking forward to a few days of wood chopping and thinking on his California ranch. Then, if current schedules hold, by Aug. 15 he will make up his mind and soon thereafter tell the world that he wants America's new MX missiles to be air launched, ultimately from new and sophisticated planes that could stay aloft for days.

Reagan faces no military issue more important, or more fraught with peril and charged with controversy. Already, the decision may be 90% made in the President's mind as events...

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