Semper Phooey!

The military fumes at the Commander in Chief; Clinton fights back with charm -- and discipline

WHEN RETIRED ADMIRAL WILliam Crowe arrived at the Oval Office last Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. for a private meeting with Bill Clinton, he found the President eager to talk. For the next hour and 15 minutes, the two men focused almost exclusively on a single, critical issue: how to change the damaging perception that the nation's Commander in Chief is at odds with his military. According to a White House insider, Crowe offered a two-pronged strategy for handling the balky Pentagon brass and disrespectful rank and file: woo them with charm, but keep them in line with a firm hand. More...

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