Power and Gloria

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ED WRAY/AP

Arroyo is still dogged by questions of legitimacy, and faces new criticism for inviting U.S. troops to the country

For a few moments, she appears to be sleeping, ignoring the helicopter's incessant buzz and shutting her eyes to the beauty of the Cordillera Mountains below. She has taken off her reading glasses and put away the newspapers. Coup rumors, strife in the southern island of Mindanao, the landing of hundreds of American soldiers that her critics are calling an invasion—these are subjects she now deals with every day. She knows that beneath the daily cacophony assailing her—the sneers, the ingratiation, the pleading and cajoling, and the doubts, always the doubts—are the same questions that have haunted her presidency since she...