The Presidency Ford's Forgotten Legacy

If the gulf war spectacular had been a movie, the credits could have listed Jimmy Carter as a progenitor of the Tomahawk cruise missile and Ronald Reagan as merchant prince of the huge weapons inventory that crushed the evil foe. But the fellow who may actually have had more to do with authoring the success story is never mentioned: Jerry Ford.

Jerry Ford? Correct. As might be expected, given his postpresidential flight paths, the former Commander in Chief hauled his golf clubs to the salubrious environs of Rancho Mirage, Calif., during the crisis. But Ford, like other Americans, lingered in front...

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