Bring on the Admiral

An abrupt resignation and speedy replacement signal Clinton's problems with the military -- and the President's intention to set things right

Maybe it's Mission: Impossible to be Bill Clinton's Secretary of Defense. Just how do you bridge the gap between a White House focused on domestic problems -- and headed by a man with no time in uniform -- and a military wary, to put it mildly, of the new Commander in Chief? And how do you act convincingly at a time when the U.S. is still defining how it should project its power in a world where the ideological certitudes of the cold war have been replaced by raucous warlords and wild-eyed nationalists? When Clinton made his choice for the job...

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