THE PRESIDENCY: The Virtues of Secrecy

The three most spectacular moves in Jimmy Carter's presidency thus far have been nurtured in a secrecy so deep as to be almost conspiratorial.

They have been thrust forward along clandestine channels by the sheer will of the President. They have been unveiled in high electronic drama.

It is a pattern of management that Carter himself decried when he ran for office. (He would "strip away the secrecy," he pledged back then, suggesting that to conduct state business that way was "amoral") But its emergence tells us about the next two years. Jimmy Carter is expected to turn away from the...

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