The Presidency: Blasts from the Past

Blasts from the Past

A White House wit calls it "the geezer patrol." Nothing formal. Just a trio of former Republican Presidents whose words and actions can serve as a potent force for political good -- or misunderstanding.

Take last Monday. President Bush found a memo on his desk from Richard Nixon. It was a five-page document that Nixon had circulated to 50 power players. The former President claimed that the U.S. response to the Soviet meltdown was "pathetically inadequate," a "penny-ante game" that mocked Boris Yeltsin's do-or-die bid to plant democracy in Russia and could raise a devastating political debate over "Who lost Russia?"...

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