The Last Battles

Hobbled by Iran, Reagan struggles to reassert his leadership

If all goes as his doctors have forecast, Ronald Reagan will return to the White House from Bethesda Naval Hospital at midweek -- a month before his 76th birthday -- ready to face the challenges of his last two years in office. But with how much energy and effectiveness? The answer depends only partly on the outcome of the colonoscopy and prostate surgery scheduled for the President early this week. Even if those procedures turn out to be as routine as predicted and Reagan once again demonstrates his remarkable powers of physical recuperation, he faces a daunting task of political recovery....

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