Tired of Moving Elephants

Regan's influence waxes as a frustrated McFarlane quits the NSC

Said the President: "You have all been misinformed." The whole notion, scoffed Robert McFarlane, was "nonsense." Insisted Donald Regan: "There was no conflict between Bud and me." All were denying that McFarlane, the efficient pragmatist known as Bud who resigned last week as Ronald Reagan's National Security Adviser, had done so because he no longer wanted to work with Regan, the President's take-charge chief of staff.

While the attempt to downplay friction at such high levels was understandable, it was unpersuasive. A driven man faced with internal conflicts, McFarlane had multiple reasons for leaving, including the desire to earn more money...

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