How Reagan Stays Out of Touch

He likes short briefings and asks few questions

Serene. Instinctive. Visionary. Determined. Eternally optimistic. Such adjectives are regularly used to form a word picture of Ronald Reagan. They are all true, as far as they go. But each has a less sunny flip side, like a photographic negative of the bright, familiar image. Serene: intellectually $ passive. Instinctive: unreflective. Visionary: oblivious to troubling details. Determined: rigid. Optimistic: detached from reality and unwilling to wrestle with complex issues.

The events surrounding the Iran arms deal reveal how disengaged Ronald Reagan is from the operation of his Government, a Chief Executive who is not only uninformed but chooses not to know...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!