The Can-Do Agency

The NSC sometimes runs dangerously amuck

If Ronald Reagan is fond of any federal agency, it is most likely the National Security Council. In 1983 the NSC drafted the plans for the U.S. invasion of Grenada, an operation that Reagan still regards as the foreign policy high point of his presidency. The NSC concocted the idea of the midair capture of the Achille Lauro hijackers as they were being flown out of Egypt, and organized the U.S. Navy's first strike against Libya's radar installations last March. The agency's record of accomplishment allowed more than one of its members to consider himself a breed apart. Said one in...

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