The Presidency Back in the Bully Pulpit

At the Pentagon and the State Department, they still remember a White House meeting of the National Drug Policy Board at which Education Secretary William Bennett growled, "Let's send the helicopters into Bolivia again to destroy the drug sources."

The brass stammered that they did not have enough helicopters. "Come on," Bennett chided. "Tell me honestly, just how many helicopters do you have?" Before the answer came, the State Department rushed in to help fend off the rambunctious Secretary. "We can't be sending in helicopters with a big U.S.A. painted on them in red, white and blue," the diplomats argued. Bennett...

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